Happy November! We hope everyone feels motivated at the start of a new month! We’re kicking off November with our WofA Member Spotlight. Our featured member is Candice Entwisle, VDOT Assistant Asphalt Program Manager. Enjoy the questions answered by Candice and remember to keep leading and inspiring other women to join the asphalt industry! #WofAVA #WomanLeaders
What led you to a career in the asphalt industry?
I started in the field of asphalt out of necessity. I recently graduated college and had a child. I needed a job ASAP.
How long have you been in the asphalt industry so far?
I started in 2012 in a contractor’s QC department. In 2016, I moved over to Virginia’s Department of Transportation in the Materials division as an asphalt field technician. Since then, I have moved on to my current position in the Materials division of the Central Office in Richmond.
What are some patterns you’ve noticed over the years about women in this industry and things they could be doing better to advance their careers?
Since being in the industry I have noticed that women get discouraged from participating in meetings or projects that are primarily run by men. If a woman wants to advance their career in asphalt, they need to advocate for themselves. Ask to join meetings and projects even if it’s just as a spectator, the worst they could say is no or not right now, but it shows interest and determination which is important. Also, do not forget to follow up—keep trying to get your foot in the door.
How do you maintain work-life balance?
I spend the rest of my time with my family. I have a 14-year-old daughter with microcephaly and a 4-year-old daughter, who keeps me on my toes. There is no real secret to the balance of work and life. I am fulfilled by my career, but it is there to fill my family’s life with joy and comfort.