Women in Construction Spotlight: Jordan Stoddard
Our people are the backbone of everything we do. Jordan Stoddard, Project Engineer for Civil Energy, strives to provide quality customer service while strengthening relationships and growing her career.
Jordan originally joined the Keeley family in 2021 as a summer intern in our Paving Group where she got to travel across the nation as a Superintendent overseeing various asphalt and concrete projects. Upon her graduation from college, Jordan then rejoined Keeley as a Project Engineer in the Civil Energy Group. In this role, she helps manage substation construction and repair projects for one of our largest and most trusted partners. It has been an incredible experience and she is grateful to be able to learn so much about construction and the transmission & distribution industry. Being able to start her construction journey in Paving and then move to Civil has allowed Jordan to feel empowered in her work and her career.
“At Keeley, it doesn’t matter if you have ten years or ten days of experience, your opinions and ideas are always valued. I may have less experience than some of my colleagues, but they are always reminding me that my opinion and voice matter. To me, that is the epitome of empowerment.”
Jordan never thought she would have a career in construction, but during her time in college, a professor encouraged her to give construction a try and she hasn’t looked back. She has always had a passion for managing and improving processes where she can and this, combined with her interest in engineering, ultimately led her to pursuing a career in Project Management. She knew going into construction that she would be surrounded by a predominately male workforce, but after going to predominately male college, she was up for the challenge. While she was intimidated at first, she let her motivation and work ethic speak for itself and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience to see this industry evolve to be more inclusive. If she could give a piece of advice to women considering pursuing a career in construction, it would be:
“Network! Meet other women in the industry and ask them about their experiences. It is so important to develop a group of mentors and colleagues that you can ask questions to and share your experiences with. Don’t be afraid to speak up because your ideas are just as important as everyone else’s. Be the leader you wish you had!”
Throughout her studies and her experience in the industry, Jordan has learned that it really is ok to make mistakes. Women in a male-dominated industry tend to be harder on themselves, but she has learned to be honest about it, make a plan on how she is going to fix it, and take it as a learning opportunity. She is always open to feedback and is grateful for the opportunities at Keeley to constantly work on becoming the best version of herself, both personally and professionally. As she continues to grow, she is excited for what lies ahead. She envisions obtaining her PE license and continuing her education in Civil Engineering so she can apply it to the next step of her career. She has already seen how many opportunities the Civil Energy Group has for growth in the next decade and she is excited to be part of that journey. She knows that she has found her home at Keeley and is proud to drive her vision and the company’s vision for success.
“I love how Keeley has a culture of prioritizing the safety and well-being of each other, whether in the field, in the office, or at home. It is overall a thoughtful, inclusive, and driven environment and I am proud to be here!”
Jordan, we were proud to have you as an intern and we are even prouder to have you as a Keeley’n in the Civil Energy Group! Your passion for the industry and your growth is inspiring.