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Southeastern student attends Women’s Leadership Seminar

Ashley Carranza attended the women’s leadership conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ashley Carranza attended the women’s leadership conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

DURANT, Okla. – Ashley Carranza was one of 50 students selected to attend the 8th annual Kiewit Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska.

Carranza is a senior at Southeastern Oklahoma State University attending the University Center of Southern Oklahoma and majoring in Occupational Safety and Health.

Kiewit Corporation is an employee-owned Fortune 500 company and one of the largest contractors in the world.

Carranza  was chosen based upon her application, essay, grade point average, resume and letter of recommendation  from her instructor, Dr. Richard Braley.

The participants heard from Bruce Grewcock, CEO of Kiewit, and learned about what it takes to successfully lead a company. Grewcock said a company should try to be the best, not the biggest, and should feel blessed to grow.

He also spoke about the importanc  of PIES, which means People, Integrity, Excellence and Stewardship, and how if you can hit all four points in business, you will succeed.

The group also toured the Omaha Zoo to see the construction projects women were heading and also had several projects during the seminar.

The group was told that there are four steps in anyone’s career: enthusiastic beginner, disillusioned learner, emerging contributor and peak performer.

“There is a stair-step effect in our career paths,” Carranza said, “and as soon as we get to the top, we tend to put a ceiling on ourselves. When we reach the peak performer step, our bosses and mentors notice our hard work and promote us. Then we start all over at enthusiastic beginner.”

Carranza added: “I learned through this seminar that you can gain respect or you can be liked, a position in leadership doesn’t always allow for both. It is important to gain the respect of your employees and co-workers. When you do that, you will succeed in business.”