• Barb Allen inspires audience at the IUPAT Finishing Industries Forum 2024

    In this special episode of 'Soft As Steel,' guest host Madison Hall fills in for Dennis Doran to discuss women in the construction industry. Industry thought leader Barb Allen presents, sharing her experiences and the challenges women face in this male-dominated field. She introduces the "one ladder framework," detailing barriers like missing and slippery rungs that represent biases and obstacles. Barb stresses the importance of increasing women's representation and calls for collective action to create a fair and safe working environment. The episode concludes with appreciation for Barb's insights and a preview of an upcoming panel on empowering women in construction.

    22m - Apr 23, 2024
  • Dan Wies: Let people know you care about them

    In this episode of the Soft as Steel podcast, host Dennis Doran interviews Dan Wies, President of Wies Offsite. They explore the human side of the construction industry, discussing the importance of leadership, values, and building a culture of care. Dan emphasizes collaboration, servant leadership, and the significance of relationships in business. They address the challenges of an evolving industry, such as the integration of technology and the generational shift in the workforce. The episode concludes with a focus on the role of love and character in fostering a successful and sustainable construction business.

    30m - Apr 16, 2024
  • Coty Fournier: Love, Reverence, and Well-Roundedness

    Dennis Doran interviews Coty Fournier, a seasoned commercial construction executive and entrepreneur. Fournier shares her 25-year career trajectory, starting from Turner Construction to co-founding Jobsite123.com, and discusses the importance of a well-rounded career path. She highlights her early experiences, the challenges of starting a tech venture in construction, and the value of soft skills. The conversation sheds light on Fournier's achievements, her entrepreneurial spirit, and the significance of empathy and respect in leadership within the construction industry.

    43m - Apr 9, 2024
  • Henry Nutt: Speak Your Mind With Respect

    In this episode of Soft as Steel, host Dennis Doran welcomes Henry Nutt, who shares his inspiring story of overcoming discrimination and challenges in the construction industry. As a proponent for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Henry has become a thought leader and has authored a book to guide others to success. The discussion focuses on the value of soft skills, the power of following one's passion, and the need to break down stereotypes in construction. They explore strategies for attracting diverse talent and emphasize the importance of an inclusive work environment to ensure equal opportunities for all.

    35m - Apr 2, 2024
  • Dan Fauchier: Don’t Waste; Learn to Communicate

    In this episode, host Dennis Doran talks with Dan Fauchier, a seasoned construction and design professional. Dan discusses his journey from frustration with wasteful processes to embracing lean construction and design principles. He shares how adopting lean techniques improved his work-life balance and led him to coach others. The conversation covers the significance of soft skills, peer-to-peer learning through local lean communities, and the role of integrated project delivery in enhancing collaboration. They conclude by addressing the challenges in adopting lean practices industry-wide and the need for a paradigm shift to recognize the value of lean and reduce waste.

    37m - Mar 26, 2024
  • Jan Tuchman: Exploring trends that are rocking construction

    Dennis Doran hosts Jan Tuchman, a seasoned journalist and leader in the construction industry. They explore the industry's evolution, focusing on the integration of artificial intelligence and the ethical considerations it brings. They discuss the economy's unexpected growth in 2023, the role of Engineering News Record in tracking construction costs, and the importance of social justice and compassionate leadership. The conversation also covers the underrepresentation of women in construction, the efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, and the Equity and Infrastructure Project's aim to support historically underutilized businesses. Additionally, they touch on lean construction, resistance to change, and the significance of love and passion in business, concluding with the vital role of soft skills in the workplace.

    40m - Mar 19, 2024
  • Jackie Bailey: The Blueprint to Effective Communication

    This week, Dennis Doran engages with Jackie Bailey, who has dedicated her life to empowering others to find their voice. Having overcome her own childhood abuse, Jackie established a nonprofit to teach public speaking and leadership skills. They delve into the significance of communication, active listening, and the transformative power of words in building confidence and leadership. Jackie's Speak Feed Lead project is highlighted, emphasizing the importance of speaking with intention, feeding others with positive words, and leading through influence. Her work has impacted hundreds, fostering a ripple effect of positive change across communities.

    34m - Mar 12, 2024
  • Stephanie Paul: Are You Coachable?

    Host Dennis Doran and guest Stephanie Paul discuss the critical role of soft skills and compassionate leadership in professional development. They explore the DISC assessment tool's utility in understanding personal behaviors and enhancing communication. Stephanie emphasizes the importance of humor in blending behavioral styles and the need for individuals to be open to coaching. The conversation also covers the impact of family dynamics on workplace behavior and the broader implications of personal values in leadership. The episode underscores the value of self-awareness and continuous growth for effective leadership and communication.

    37m - Mar 5, 2024
  • Steve Griggs: Straight Dirt

    In this episode of the Soft as Steel podcast, host Dennis Doran talks with Steve Griggs, a seasoned landscape designer, about the significance of soft skills in the construction industry. Steve emphasizes the value of hands-on leadership, personal accountability, and the joy of creating beautiful landscapes. He discusses the importance of respect, integrity, and effective communication, as well as the challenges of imparting these skills. The conversation also touches on societal challenges, the role of thought leadership, and the necessity of continuous self-improvement. Steve's commitment to excellence and passion for his work shines through, providing listeners with insights into successful leadership and entrepreneurship.

    38m - Feb 27, 2024
  • Shelley Armato: Be a Kind Disrupter

    In this episode, host Dennis Doran speaks with Shelley Armato, CEO and co-founder of My Smart Plans. Shelley discusses the creation of her software service as a response to the chaos and lack of accountability in the construction industry. She emphasizes the importance of communication, transparency, and data-driven decision-making in improving project outcomes. Despite resistance, Shelley's company is gaining traction, with projects like Fresno International Airport and international expansion to Guam. She shares a personal story of confronting Turner Construction and her philanthropic work, including supporting a refugee family and volunteering at City Union Mission. Shelley is determined to revolutionize the construction industry, ensuring projects are completed efficiently and without post-completion issues, ultimately benefiting the country's infrastructure.

    35m - Feb 20, 2024
  • Chris Scheiblein: How to Extend a Helping Hand

    Dennis Doran talks with Chris Scheiblein, an employee assistance professional from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Helping Hands Program. They discuss the critical issues of mental health, addiction, and suicide in the construction industry, highlighting the need for support, education, and a culture of compassion and inclusivity. Chris shares his personal recovery journey and his work in promoting behavioral health assistance, emphasizing the importance of understanding cultural and generational differences to foster empathy. They explore the progress in reducing stigma and the ongoing need for industry-wide education to normalize conversations around mental health at job sites. The episode underscores the significance of love, inclusion, and social justice in creating a supportive labor movement.

    30m - Feb 13, 2024
  • Cathy Dolan-Schweitzer: Humor and Teflon - Ingredients For Success

    In this podcast episode, Dennis Doran interviews Cathy Dolan-Schweitzer, President of Health Well Done, about her unique approach to leadership in the construction industry. Cathy, who started as a special education teacher and transitioned to construction project management, emphasizes the importance of soft skills, team-building, and putting people first—especially in healthcare projects. She shares insights from her experience at Stanford Hospital and her book, advocating for a patient-first philosophy. The conversation also touches on the need for diversity, mentorship, and conflict resolution in the industry, as well as the value of loving one's work for success.

    35m - Feb 6, 2024
  • Barb Allen: Sidelining Unconscious Bias

    In this episode of the Soft as Steel podcast, host Dennis Doran talks with Barb Allen about her 26-year career in construction. Starting as an apprentice carpenter, Barb rose to become a success coach and gender diversity consultant. She shares her struggles with resistance and bullying as a woman in a male-dominated field and her efforts to overcome unconscious biases. Barb and Dennis discuss the industry's progress in diversity and inclusion, the importance of male allies, and the need for respectful workplace conditions, highlighting the significance of clean facilities as a measure of respect for workers.

    35m - Jan 30, 2024
  • Palmina Whelan: Learn Something From Everyone

    Dennis Doran interviews Palmina Whelan, an aviation industry veteran with over 25 years of experience. Palmina discusses her role as the capital program director for the new Terminal One project at JFK airport, emphasizing passenger-centric design and the integration of technology and art. She addresses the impact of her position on promoting diversity and inclusion within the construction industry and the importance of mentorship and learning from diverse perspectives. Palmina reflects on her fair and reasonable approach to professional interactions and the collaborative nature of construction projects. She shares her passion for building and its ability to connect people, her team's success in achieving a 40% diversity rate in projects, and the significance of love in service. The episode wraps up with a look at the timeline for the JFK terminal project and Palmina's commitment to her work.

    33m - Jan 23, 2024
  • Doreen Bartoldus: Bossy With Good Reason

    In this podcast episode, host Dennis Doran interviews Doreen Bartoldus, a seasoned professional in the construction industry. Doreen discusses her 45-year career journey, starting as a draftsperson and rising to a leader in a male-dominated field. She recounts being labeled "bossy" and how she embraced her role as the boss. The episode delves into the challenges of increasing women's representation in construction, the importance of diversity and inclusion, and the need to overcome cultural biases. Doreen emphasizes the positive impact of diversity on innovation and the role of technology in fostering a more inclusive industry.

    32m - Jan 16, 2024
  • Jesse Hernandez: Just Hire the Younger Ones

    Dennis Doran interviews Jesse Hernandez, a construction professional and podcaster. Jesse discusses his role as a "mind shifter" in the construction industry, his journey into podcasting, and the importance of problem-solving skills in construction. He also addresses the perception of construction as hard, dirty work and shares his experiences in engaging high school students in the industry. Jesse highlights the labor shortage in construction and challenges employers to change their hiring practices, particularly towards younger individuals. He concludes by emphasizing the need for a positive work environment to attract and retain talent.

    35m - Jan 9, 2024
  • Shining a Love Light on Community Impact: A Holiday Special at the YMCA

    In this podcast episode, host Dennis extends holiday greetings from the YMCA in Savannah, where he interviews Lovelight, the senior program director, and Richard Johnson, a staff member. The episode focuses on their stories and insights into their work at the YMCA, highlighting the impact they have on the community and the roles they play within the organization. The conversations with Lovelight and Richard offer a glimpse into the YMCA's environment and the dedication of its staff to fostering a supportive and inclusive atmosphere.

    13m - Dec 26, 2023
  • Kabri Lehrman-Schmid: Trailblazing Respect on the Job Site

    In this episode of the Soft as Steel podcast, host Dennis Doran interviews Kabri Lehrman-Schmid, a lead project superintendent at Hensel Phelps, a recognized industry leader. The discussion revolves around the importance of soft skills in the workplace, particularly in the construction industry. Topics include the role of a superintendent, the concept of psychological safety, effective communication, and the importance of building relationships. The conversation also touches on mental health issues, inclusion, social justice, and the power of love in leadership. Kabri shares their experiences and strategies for fostering a positive and inclusive work environment.

    34m - Dec 19, 2023
  • Sandy Hamby: A Call to Action For Young People

    In this episode of the Soft as Steel podcast, Dennis Doran interviews Sandy Hamby, CEO of Moca Systems Touch Plan. They discuss the underrepresentation of women in the construction industry, the importance of social justice and fairness, and the impact of AI on the sector. Sandy shares her experiences of cultural work within her company and how it led to a redefinition of their core values. The conversation also touches on the issue of colorblindness and its societal impact. Sandy draws on her personal experiences, highlighting the need for greater equality and respect in relationships.

    40m - Dec 12, 2023
  • Alastair Boulding: Hire For Love, Not Diversity

    Dennis Doran interviews Alastair Boulding, a construction sciences and management teacher and master tradesperson. They discuss the challenges of attracting young people to the trades, the importance of diversity in the industry, and the role of representation in leadership positions. Al shares his experiences and insights from his 20 years in the trades, his apprenticeship journey, and his current teaching role. He also emphasizes the importance of inclusion and belonging in the industry, and shares his research on these topics. The conversation ends with a discussion on the impact of language and culture on diversity and representation.

    35m - Dec 5, 2023
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