New Boldt Diversity Head: DEI Starts With Leadership


Zachary Phillips, Construction Dive

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2021, women and Black workers encompassed about 11% and 6% of the construction workforce respectively. Both are below the groups’ share of the total national workforce.

Diversity, equity and inclusion continues to be a hot topic for how to increase and improve the construction workforce. Wisconsin-based The Boldt Co. has taken steps toward increasing diversity. 

This summer, the contractor hired Jaclyn Skalnik as director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Skalnik — who is Korean, was adopted by a White family in Wisconsin and speaks fluent Spanish —  previously ran her own business supporting services to adoptive families.

Here, Construction Dive spoke with Skalnik about DEI and the benefits it can offer contractors.


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