CEO and Founder of Freshco.ca, HGTV Host, Designer & Contractor
The skilled trades is an industry that’s long been associated with various gender and class based stereotypes – what’s are some of the barriers you’re breaking down as a woman and advocate for diversity in the skilled trades?
I am a pilot project that went really right. Credibility and relatability in a male industry shows you’re equal. I share my story with audiences around North America, to inspire them to follow in my footsteps – if I can do it you can too.
How have the skilled trades impacted your life outside of the workplace?
I was a millionaire by the time I was 30. The skilled trades have been an undervalued industry for women with ambition and the smarts to match. The trades have allowed me to help many underprivileged young people and families by being a success at a young age financially and intellectually. I have also been able to change the narrative around blue collar being a second class profession.
What is your biggest piece of advice you’d give to those looking to start a career in the trades?
What are you waiting for?! It’s a rewarding industry and people like myself and many others have opened the gate and front door to an incredible future with over 300 trades just waiting for you. But be careful … once you pick one, you’ll be addicted to learn more using your mind and hands in tandem. Boom!