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Karla Alvarez

Karla Alvarez

Lendlease LMB

New York, NY USA

"Naysayers are limited in their vision. Don't let others dictate your limits."

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Karla's work combines: Engineering, Numbers, and Accomplishing Goals

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Day In The Life

Construction Project Manager

I manage the cost control team for a construction development company.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Mary Louis Academy

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Civil Engineering, General

    Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

  • Graduate Degree

    Civil Engineering, General

    Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

  • Certification

    Construction Management, General


Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Construction Project Manager:

Bachelor's Degree: Civil Engineering, General

Graduate Degree: Civil Engineering, General

Certification: Construction Management, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Wanted to be and Artist or Creative and was accepted to Arts and Design HS, but parents put me in a College Prep HS instead.

  • 2.

    Completed to the MS in Civil Engineering program at CU and got employed at an environmental engineering firm, stuck running calculations and writing reports. Was not happy.

  • 3.

    Volunteered for some field engineering at my firm. Loved the idea of working directly with construction trades, but kept getting overlooked. I couldn't get on the Construction team.

  • 4.

    I went back to school for a diploma in construction building management diploma at NYU. Thought I would make connections to get a new job. The guys got looks but not me.

  • 5.

    Then I got lucky (Luck = Preparation meets Opportunity). Federal Government was pumping money into environmental construction project which would required diversified staff. I raised my hand.

  • 6.

    I worked 20+ years shoulder to shoulder with trades men and supervisors. Then moved on from consulting to contracting and now construction development!!

  • 7.

    Being prepared, ready to do the work and ask when opportunities and circumstances presented themselves was the key for me. At times it wasn't easy but I always keep my goal in mind.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    You don't want to work in construction. The men won't listen to you.

  • How I responded:

    Naysayers are limited in their vision don't let others dictate your limits.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Always be prepared and be consistent with your work. Don't let fear of failure stop you from reaching past your goals. Be open to accepting support from unlikely allies.