Deirdre Wadsworth standing near the Hardypond Construction trailer with a hardhat on

Women’s History Month

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For Women’s History Month, Hardypond President Deirdre Wadsworth participated in the Portland Chamber of Commerce’s campaign to highlight a number of women business leaders in the community. She was asked to share a few words of wisdom; here are her responses:


What is a motto that you live by? 

Deirdre: The motto I live by is ‘Strive to be the best version of myself and surround myself with good people.’ I firmly believe that continuous self-improvement and learning from those around me are key to both personal fulfillment and professional success. By pushing myself to grow and seeking guidance from experienced individuals, I’m able to achieve my goals and contribute positively to my community.


What advice would you give to new female professionals, whether they are entering the workforce by joining an organization or starting their own business?

Deirdre: My advice to new female professionals is to be brave and embrace failure as a stepping stone to success. Don’t be afraid to take risks, try new things, and learn from mistakes. Every setback is an opportunity to grow stronger and wiser. Believe in your abilities, stay resilient, and never let fear hold you back from pursuing your dreams and making a meaningful impact in your career.


What have been/still are the greatest challenges you face as a female professional in the business world? How have you/do you overcome them?

Deirdre: As a female professional in the business and construction world, one of my greatest challenges has been navigating the concept of work-life balance. I believe that achieving balance is impossible, so I focus on pursuing what I love and what works best for me in each season of life. Some periods may be more work-centric, while others prioritize family or personal interests. I’ve learned not to hold myself to unattainable standards and instead prioritize my interests and goals.


Thanks for leading the way, Deirdre!



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