Amanda is a “yes woman” whose desire to challenge herself and expand her industry knowledge brought her to Davey’s make-ready engineering team in 2017. After originally joining the company in 2016 as a GIS field technician, Amanda is now a project manager for the Davey Resource Group asset management division. She is currently working on DRG’s Consumers Energy project in Michigan. In her role, she makes sure poles owned by the electric utility are ready to safely accept telecommunication line attachments. Her responsibilities include reviewing pole designs and communicating with her team and the client to make sure projects stay on schedule.
Amanda says imposter syndrome, or the feeling of “faking it ‘til you make it,” plagued her in the beginning of her career. She overcame this feeling by agreeing to any training opportunities that came her way. “After a few years, I’ve learned a lot and had a lot of opportunities to grow and be educated, and now I feel more confident,” she says.
She encourages other women who may be interested in the field to not feed into their own self-doubt and instead jump right in by learning everything they can. “Women tend to back down if they feel it’s something they can’t do, but you have to blaze forward,” she says. “You’ll never know unless you try.”