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As we continue to celebrate March as Women’s History Month, the Pepper team was proud to recognize this year’s Women in Construction Week on March 3-9, 2024.  

Since 1998, contractors across the country have celebrated the talent, expertise and dedication of women in our industry. By highlighting their achievements and amplifying their voices, we pave the way for a more inclusive, innovative and resilient industry. From advocating for sustainable practices to leveraging cutting-edge technologies, women are at the forefront of driving change and shaping the future.


During this year’s WIC celebration, we explored ways to recognize the contributions of women within our organization that benefit everyone on our team, regardless of gender, race, age or background. Activities held throughout the week and the entire month of March also encouraged us to learn more from existing partners and reach out to new ones, while also giving back to women in need within the communities where we live and work. Here are a few examples of our Women in Construction Week programs.

Throughout our organization, Pepper supported Dress for Success and its goal to create a world in which women are treated with dignity and respect. They do this through empowering women to achieve independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and developmental tools to help them thrive in work and life.  Teammates in our offices collected donations that we hope we will make a difference in the lives of the women Dress for Success supports.

We hosted a webinar for all offices on Thursday, March 7, featuring Akilah Darden, Founder and President of the Darden Group, LLC.


The theme of Akilah’s program was “When You See Me, See Me: Building with and for Communities.” It included stories meant to motivate and inspire our teammates on the benefits of – and the intentionality behind – equitable opportunities. Akilah provided steps to seeing and embracing diversity and providing equitable outcomes for the existing community as well as providing opportunities for future growth.

To learn more about Akilah and her work, please click here.

Some of our teammates volunteered with Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build. In a full day, and with a crew of all women, we primed an entire first floor of a house – scaffolding work and all. The home will go to a single mom who works full-time.



Our teams also visited jobsites, including Purdue Research Industrial Park and Mohr Logistics Park in Indiana, as well as our 365 office in Illinois.

365 Equipment Supply

Other activities included outreach events and Lunch and Learn programs with women- and minority-owned trades. While special sessions were scheduled to align with WIC Week, these types of programs occur in Pepper’s offices throughout the year to foster introductions and encourage new opportunities for collaboration and resource expansion.

Finally, we also took the time to visit some of our women team members on their jobsites to learn a bit about what brought them into the construction industry and what keeps them engaged. 

We thank everyone across the company who took the time to participate in these activities and more during Women in Construction Week 2024. Together, we can ensure that everyone has the keys to a more successful future in the construction industry.

To learn more about Pepper’s overall efforts in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,  click here  to visit our page.