Gina Giacone of Santa Rosa’s Summit Engineering wins Women in Business award
After working at the California Department of Transportation and United Indian Health Service, Gina Giacone joined Summit Engineering 12 years ago as a staff engineer.
“I’ve moved up the ranks from staff engineer, to project engineer, to project manager, to Associate, to Division Manager, getting married and starting a family somewhere along the way…,” she said.
Giacone is now the leader of a small — “but growing!” — team of four direct reports. Her day includes lots of interaction with staff (meetings, dialogs, problem solving), discussions with clients and government agencies. Constant communication whether it be in the form of email, telephone, or in person is something that is all a part of a day’s work.
“Summit is a fantastic company to work for and is supportive of learning, trying new things, with a ‘family’ culture,” she said. “Summit also is proud to proactively hire and promote female employees in the workplace!”
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY
Professional background: California Department of Transportation, United Indian Health Service and Summit Engineering. My specialty is water and wastewater systems.
Education: B.S., environmental resources engineering, Humboldt State University.
Staff: Our division is relatively small — but growing. I have four directly reporting to me.
I’ve been at Summit for over 12 years, starting out as a staff engineer. I’ve moved up the ranks from staff engineer, to project engineer, to project manager, to associate, to division manager, getting married and starting a family somewhere along the way.
Summit is a fantastic company to work for and is supportive of learning, trying new things, with a ‘family’ culture. Summit also is proud to proactively hire and promote female employees in the workplace!
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO
In the last year I have begun the transition from Project Manager to Associate and Division Manager in Water / Waste Water. This is a big change in both skillset and scope for me and I feel that the opportunity for personal / professional growth is tremendous. I also had a second child (18 months ago) that has changed the whole family dynamic and has created some interesting situations/opportunities at home as well!
WHAT IS THE ACHIEVEMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
My successful (I hope) balance of my professional life with my personal life as a wife and mother of two children under the age of 5.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE TODAY?
Trying to see the future of Water resources in California and the Pacific Northwest.
WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Reliable, accurate, “problem solver,” dependable, resource, fun.
AS A SUCCESSFUL FEMALE PROFESSIONAL, WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES YOU FACED AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Proving myself as a capable person in my industry which is largely comprised of men. I have continuously worked on and have been dedicated to developing relationships to build trust with others.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR PROFESSION WILL CHANGE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
The awesome thing about my profession is that it is in a constant state of flux — keeps it interesting. There will continue to be advances in technology along with the public realization that our resources are limited. My profession allows people to implement processes to make the best uses of our resources.