Most Influential Women: Kimberley Shapiro Poole, Skanska
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Today’s spotlight: Kimberley Shapiro Poole
Title: Vice president of business development, Skanska USA
A 27-year architecture, engineering and construction industry veteran and vice president of business development for Skanska, Shapiro Poole’s expertise is in mission-critical, healthcare, manufacturing, aviation and higher education work. She is a member of the Skanska Phoenix leadership team.
Source of pride: “I take great pride in having a significant impact on the strategic growth of Skanska’s Arizona office. Organically growing a business is a difficult challenge. Together, with my team we’ve done just that. It’s very rewarding to help create positive change in our community while at the same time build long-lasting client relationships and solidifying the right projects for our team in such a competitive landscape.”
The personality trait that helped you succeed: “Empathy is the personality trait that resonates most with who I am at my core. Understanding your team, their perspective to a situation and how the situation affects them, helps makes us more successful together. Making real connections where we live and work brings us closer to the community, allowing us to make better decisions.”
The personality trait that got you into trouble: “Strategic or forward-thinker. I’m a problem solver, so it’s my instinct to want to jump ahead and find a solution right way, so I have to remind myself to take my time, work with my team and come up with the best most relevant and appropriate strategy. Early engagement and early buy-in saves time, energy and money.”
Best childhood memory: “Growing up in the Midwest, we would go skiing and tubing on the lake frequently. I vividly remember my brother intentionally dumping me into the seaweed and lily pad (aka snake and slime) areas of the lake. Good times for sure!”