More and more women are joining the construction industry and bringing special skills and talents along with them. But with construction being one of the most male-dominated professions — of all the 10 million people employed in the industry, only 9% of construction workers are female. So, Walls & Ceilings’ Publisher Jill Bloom and Associate Editor Hannah Belloli, sat down with an expert on women in the construction industry to find out what women bring to the construction round table that you can’t get anywhere else.

With over 15 years in the construction industry, Ladi March-Goldwire, CEO and owner of BrinMar Construction & Development Group Ltd, is passionate about her business because it provides a means for women to be expressive and relevant in a space typically set aside for and dominated by men. She has learned how to be a strong asset to the construction industry, swinging hammers and advocating for women, all while wearing cute shoes and pretty clothes. Ladi also discusses how building with hemp is being realized by contractors as a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly way to build.