“The key to succeeding is confidence in yourself and even more importantly, the people around you.”
Cathy Cafarelli, Director of Project Management/Project Director ATF, Americas
I joined Exyte in October of 2005 as a contract employee. I was not expecting a permanent position, as I was pregnant with my son and just looking for a 6-month or so stepping stone until after he was born. I would find my “career” then. Well almost 14 years later, it is safe to say I found what I was looking for with Exyte.
I have held just about every position in my tenure here. I started as a project admin, then moved to document control and then finance. I was, however, always drawn to the operations side of the house and therefore migrated to construction. I try to bring energy and passion to my role every day. Today I am an ATF Project Director and I run the PMO group in the U.S. It has been a long, tough road to here but I hope my growth in the company is seen as a testament to hard work paying off.
I have been extremely fortunate, every step of the way to work with amazing people. People who lift you up and inspire. Managers and mentors who always encouraged me to look beyond my role. Construction and project management is not historically a “women’s field”. It was very daunting at first. I think the key to succeeding is confidence in yourself and even more importantly, the people around you. You are going to make mistakes. Own them, learn from them and grow beyond them.