Linda Alvarado: Building towards gender equality

Armed with her mother’s philosophy of empieza pequeño, pero piensa muy grande (“start small, but think big”), Linda Alvarado began her career as a laborer for a groundskeeper in college, moved into construction management, and formed her own company, Alvarado Construction. She told The MAKERS Conference the story of applying for one of her first jobs in groundskeeping.

"I thought to myself, I don’t have to wear these painful shoes, I don’t have to go to the gym, I can get a tan, and you pay me to work with all of these single guys!" She got the job, but believes her boss thought that she would quit.

"I think the biggest mistake we can make is not wanting to make a mistake. It is easier to ask dumb questions that correct dumb mistakes."

Now, with more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, she builds high-rises, hotels, sports arenas, convention centers and more as a commercial general contractor, construction manager, developer, designer/builder and property manager.

Linda has certainly seen a lot built, but she is also working to build a future of gender equality.

"We can’t wait for America to change, we must change America. God in Her wisdom created us not just to survive but to thrive."