Danielle Skilling is the community affairs specialist in Massachusetts for Gilbane Building Company. In this role, she ensures all Gilbane projects in the Boston area are compliant with the company’s internal workforce diversity goals, as well the Boston Resident Job Program.
Nearly 30 years after being told that construction “wasn’t for girls,” Skilling has now established herself as a subject matter expert in the field of workforce diversity within the industry.
When asked about her current role and what she enjoys most,she said, “I love helping people find opportunities within the trades. Ensuring that we achieve our goal in regard to workforce diversity is great, but it is only part of my job; working in the community really gives me the most joy. Whether it be helping a young man get into the roofers’ union so that he is able to work one job instead of three or working with a young woman to explore a career path within the trades that will translate into a lucrative and rewarding career, I see a piece of myself in almost every person I mentor.”
Skilling is actively involved in various organizations throughout Massachusetts, including Building Pathways Employer Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Girls in Trades, Madison Park Technical High School, and Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School.
She is an ACCA Master Compliance Administrator and is gearing up to pursue her Executive Certified Master Compliance Administrator Certification. She will lead a workforce diversity program at the organization’s 2019 annual conference.