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Katy Thompson

Senior in building construction management
College of Technology

Katy Thompson

What do you do at Purdue?

I am currently a student at Purdue in the building construction management program. Not only have I been a member of the Purdue student chapters of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), I have also held officer positions in many student organizations. From the fall of 2010 through the fall of 2011, I served as treasurer of the honors society Sigma Lambda Chi and treasurer of the Mechanical Contractor's Association (MCA) Purdue student chapter , as well as the president of Women in Construction Management (WICM). Prior to that time period, I had served as secretary for MCA since the fall of 2009 and treasurer of WICM since the fall of 2008. I am currently still involved with many of the organizations, serving as a mentor in the BCMentors program in my department, and participating in the Construction Leadership Council of the Building Construction Management Department.

Which woman has inspired you most? Why?

My mother has been my greatest inspiration. She has always encouraged and supported me in my endeavors and has never stopped believing in me. My mom taught me the value of being independent and how with hard work nothing is beyond reach.

What are your goals and experiences with mentoring or encouraging others?

During my time at Purdue, I have been involved with many student organizations; however, while a member and officer of Women in Construction Management (WICM) I have been able to mentor young girls by encouraging them to get involved in construction related activities during WICM’s annual Miss Fix-It Day. Although I graduate in May, I hope to be able to continue acting as a mentor and advocate for women in the construction industry and to stay involved while giving back to my community.