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Steph Ekeren Named 2024 Top Woman in Construction Winner

Steph Ekeren, Human Resources Manager at Knutson Construction, has been named a 2024 Top Woman in Construction by Finance & Commerce.

The Top Women in Construction celebration is an awards program designed to recognize women who are considered outstanding in terms of their contributions and dedication to their profession, communities, and society at large. Women are nominated by peers and supporters, and the limited number of finalists for each category are chosen by an outside panel of judges.

Ekeren’s selection as the winner in the Unsung Hero category was reflective of her many efforts to further build the construction industry’s robust talent pipeline outside of her standard supervisory human resource functions at Knutson. She is especially focused on the recruitment and retention of women and other diverse candidates, establishing multiple programs at Knutson that seek to educate about employment opportunities as well as set up professionals for long-term success in the industry and beyond.

“Being recognized as a finalist in the Finance & Commerce Top Women in Construction Awards and receiving the Unsung Hero award has truly been a humbling experience,” said Ekeren. “I feel fortunate to have found a home at Knutson, a company that resonates with my values and fulfills what I was seeking in my next role. However, beyond professional accomplishments, the most rewarding aspect has been the relationships I have built internally. I am deeply thankful for the genuine connections I’ve cultivated and the invaluable lesson of embracing authenticity. Here’s to embracing further success while remaining steadfast in our true selves!”

To read more about Ekeren’s win as well as other finalists in the Unsung Hero category, visit Finance and Commerce’s website.



Photos presented courtesy of Finance & Commerce, taken by Sarah Morreim Photography.