Agata: Be in charge of your own career. No matter whether you are a student trying to enter an industry or an industry veteran. No one would be a better champion of your person than yourself. An advice that I received was to join various professional networking groups, find one that suits you the most and get involved. Building your own network and having a mentor is crucial for a successful career. It takes a lot of work and effort to build your own network yet it is definitely worth it.

Karen: Never stop learning. Always look for things that you don’t know or understand and learn about them. That includes people. Challenge yourself daily to learn something. Listen passionately and then if you hear something you don’t know about or understand, learn about it. Maybe it is just learning something new about your coworker or the person you see every day at the grocery store. Not only will you grow but it develops lasting relationships.

Asa part of our series about women who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Agata Krasniewska and Karen Conrod who lead the Sacramento Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, a national nonprofit dedicated to the employment and advancement of women in the construction industry.Agata Krasniewska is a CPA and currently serves as chapter President for NAWIC Sacramento. She provides accounting and consulting services for privately-held small and mid-size companies. Agata is involved with several non-profit organizations including Girl Scouts Heart of Central California’s Under Construction Camp and Copper for Kids Committee- Stanford Youth Solutions.Karen Conrod has over 20 years in construction and is a member of the Senior Management team in Western Operations for the Boldt Company. Karen is currently the Vice President of the NAWIC Sacramento chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction and the current Chair of the Construction Industry Education Foundation with SRBX. In 2018 Karen was named as one of the Business Times Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.