Central MA Up + Comer: Consigli Construction Co.‘s Sarah Irving
Thursday, February 27, 2014
A conversation with Sarah Irving
SW: Can you describe your career?
SI: In a nutshell I help facilitate team communication to complete a construction project on time, on schedule, and on budget.
SW: What is the best thing about it?
SI: There are two things I love about my career. Every day is different. I am also so fortunate to meet and work with such talented professionals, from owners, architects, and subcontractors to the women at the Young Professional Women’s Association. I feel blessed to be able to build many different connections throughout my career.
SW: Can you describe a day in your life?
SI: No day is typical in the construction industry. I could have my day all planned out and then one phone call will change everything. There is always a “fire” to put out which makes this job interesting.
SW: What do you do away from your career?
SI: I try to spend as much time with family and friends as possible. When I get the chance to relax at home with my husband and our dogs, I embrace it since it doesn’t happen often with my busy schedule.
SW: Are you involved in the community? If so, how?
SI: I serve on the board of the Young Professional Women’s Association in Worcester as the Community Outreach Chair. The YPWA fosters connections for professional women who seek to make our region a better place to live, work, play, and stay. I am honored to be a part the YPWA and to be able to call these women my friends. Through the YPWA, I have been able to be a part of the New England Dream Center Dreams and Wishes and Working for Worcester.
SW: Who or what is the biggest influence in your life?
SI: I am lucky to have a great support system in my family and my friends but I would have to say that the biggest influence is my mom. She is one of the strongest women I know. Growing up, you never want to be like your mom, but now I am truly honored when someone tells me I am just like her. I can only hope to become half the mother she is one day.
SW: What is a fun fact few people know about you?
SI: My husband and I just moved into our dream house and have started our own little farm. We have two great dogs, our friend’s two horses, and in the spring we are hoping to start raising chickens.
SW: Your favorite quote?
SI: “True Friendship isn’t about being inseparable, it’s about being separate and nothing changes.”
SW: What do you think defines success?
SI: I think success is about doing what you love, and loving what you do. As long as you are constantly trying to improve yourself, then you have achieved success no matter what the outcome.
SW: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
SI: In 10 years, I will still be working at Consigli and mentoring new employees. I will have a happy life on the farm with my husband, kiddos, and all the animals that my husband is able to put up with!
Central MA Up + Comer is a weekly profile of a member of the next generation as they are making their mark on the Central MA workforce and community. Join us every Thursday for a look at the careers and lifestyles of the local digital generation. If you have suggestions for a profile, email [email protected].
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