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Empowering Women in Industry Change Maker: Rebecca Heustess



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My journey begins the same as everyone else. We are all dealt hardships. With every high, there comes two lows. The difference between us is what we do with the lesson’s life has to teach. 


I have chosen to not only embrace and learn, but help others learn to overcome what they feel may be impossible. 


Being in the construction industry for 16 years has helped build me into the person I am today. I have a passion for mentoring future generations of female leaders. I have a passion for empowering my peers. I have a passion for life. 


I love working in the construction industry. I’m very fortunate to work for a great company. Grazzini Brothers has given me the opportunity to learn a trade. My male counterparts have been gracious enough to take the time and teach me. Allowing me to become one of the greats. 


Now it’s my turn to teach. One of my favorite parts of my job is being able to pass the skill on. For the last 8 years I’ve been training our new employees. I go from job to job installing and grouting tile. Promoting this industry is something I feel very strongly about. I’d love nothing more than to see more women in the trades. It’s not always about going to college to get a degree. We need field workers, tradeswoman. Most companies offer on the job training. Getting paid to learn your job is an amazing opportunity for the new workforce. 


I love traveling and seeing new places as part of my job. Meeting new people and truly taking in everything this life has to offer. 


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I’m the President and Founder of The National Association of Women in Construction, Chapter Dakota Prairies #394. In less than a year I along with a great group of women worked to become one of the fastest chapters to ever be established in the organization since 1955. This is something I am extremely proud of. I continue advocating for the women in our chapter and the women in our area who work in the industry. Our group is focused on “Building Leaders and Leading Builders.” Promoting the success of women in the male dominated industry. Through workshops, jobsite tours, networking, educational opportunities and coming together with the community for events is what NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) is all about. 


In both my professional life & personal life, NAWIC has given me the courage to be brave enough to share my story. The fierce lady friendships I’ve made along the way have guided me to where I am today. I’ve had the honor and opportunity to share multiple stages with some incredible women over the last year. 


I’ve fought very hard to become who I am. I couldn’t be prouder! My willingness to continue learning and inspiring will never dull. I want everyone to shine their brightest light. 


 My husband and I enjoy being outdoors. We travel the world as often as possible. I love cooking for family and friends. Our family means everything to us. My life motto is “You only die once, so life every day.” 


By: Rebecca Heustess


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Rebecca you have been shining so bright this year! Keep up the great work!

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May 28

One of my favorite parts of my job is being able to pass the skill on. For the last 8 years I’ve been training our new employees Backrooms Game


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