March 05, 2019

In Her Boots: Carmen Suero

Through Q&A articles and Instagram Takeovers, our "In Her Boots" series is designed to showcase and provide an inside look at what a day in the life looks like in the shoes (or boots) for some of the exceptional women at Clark. 

On Day 3 of Women in Construction Week, we're featuring Carmen Suero. Carmen, who joined the Clark Team three years ago, is a senior design manager on our Long Beach Civic Center project. 

Carmen Suero

Tell us a little bit about your role at Clark. 

I’m a senior design manager at our Long Beach Civic Center project. My role changes every single day (which is something I love about my job!). I can go from permit expert, to constructability reviewer, to design scheduler, to team cheerleader, to client adviser, all in one single day.

At its core, I bridge the iterative-natured process of design with the metric-driven nature of the construction process to create high-quality projects that all parties are proud of.

What do you enjoy most about the construction industry? 

I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help turn the dreams of our clients, and the visions of our designers, into reality. 

Who has had the greatest influence on you professionally?

Multiple people have had a great influence on me. These people fall into two categories:

  • The People Who Pushed Me - the individuals who believed I could be and do more than I was at that time and gave me opportunities (even when I thought I was not ready for them). 
  • The Naysayers - the people who said I couldn’t do it, because I was a woman, because I was a minority, or because they thought I had to "learn to wait my turn."

What is your favorite project you have ever worked on and why? 

It was a small residential project in Los Angeles. It was on this job that I had my first opportunity to be involved in every aspect of a project: design, permitting, construction, billing, contracts. I learned so much about the process and my career expectations. 

What is your proudest professional achievement?

Knowing that I have helped leave a mark on Los Angeles by being part of the infrastructural growth the City has experienced over the last 15 years.

What advice do you have for a young woman interested in construction?

Come on in! We (all the other women in construction) are here waiting for you. Seek us out and we will help you along the way.

Check out our Instagram Story as Carmen shows us what a day in the life is like in her boots.