Introducing Melissa Berg, Dome's Newly Appointed Director of Inclusion, Culture, and Engagement

Melissa Berg joined the Dome Construction team in 2010 as a Project Manager and, in 2015, became Associate Director. Five years later, in 2020, she is promoted again to Director of Inclusion, Culture, and Engagement, a new Dome position. Over the last several years, Melissa has been leading the effort to expand women’s representation at Dome and within the industry. With a focus on inclusivity, Melissa’s goal is to open doors and foster development in her new position as Director of Inclusion, Culture, and Engagement.

We had the opportunity to talk to Melissa about her career, experiences, and her new role. Through Melissa’s career, her experiences, tenacity, and drive have helped get her to where she is today. When asked about her career starting at the beginning, Melissa shares, “In the start of my career, I think it was just being on-site and learning how things go put together and figuring out how to do my job better. Now, my drive is to be a catalyst in helping change the future of the industry.”

As we continued our interview with Melissa, we asked her what essential attributes she thought it takes to become a leader. “Know yourself first, then show up with a vision, courage, and vulnerability,” Melissa explained. As a leader, Melissa is looking forward to leading Dome’s internal Culture Steering Committee, implementing Dome’s Conscious Inclusion initiatives, and continuing my efforts with career advancement conversations and team dynamics.

Over her 17-year journey in the industry, from running projects to building teams, Melissa has a depth of knowledge that has won the trust and garnered the highest respect from internal to external partners. For the last three years, Melissa has sat on the Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS) board, currently serving as the Bay Area Chapter President. “I’ve met so many interesting and strong women, all in different places in their careers. I’ve learned so much from our events and job walks. As a woman in the industry, it’s a great organization.”

To create a more diverse and inclusive workplace in the industry, we need to “dig in at the high school and junior high levels to spark an early interest in construction.” To this end, Melissa plans to introduce construction at those early levels by continuing to work with organizations, such as All-Stars Project, Inc., Citizen Schools, and the YMCA Urban Services.

With great enthusiasm, we introduce our Director of Inclusion, Culture, and Engagement, Melissa Berg!

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The vision behind my new role is to make sure everyone at Dome field and office has a VOICE and sees an OPPORTUNITY for themselves.

Melissa's Women Focused Involvement

Dome’s Women’s Leadership Program’s vision is to be the industry leader in creating and sustaining an inclusive Dome culture.

The Compass Program is a voluntary program that connects and empowers Dome employees by facilitating a broader network of mentors. Our goal is to foster mentor relationships by providing safe and unbiased opportunities and tools for personal and professional development.

Conscious Inclusion
We have brought in several speakers to address our teams on the topic of inclusivity. We are actively working to bring in a consultant to perform a professional assessment of our current practices.

At Dome, we are refocusing our recruiting efforts and creating a committee devoted to connecting and recruiting women in construction groups at local universities.

Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 that strives to support women’s advancement in construction operations.

Melissa Berg is President of WiOPS’ Northern California Chapter. She has served on its Board of Directors since the chapter’s founding in 2017.

Find out more about WiOPS here.

More about Melissa...

1. What do you like most about Dome?

I have been with Dome for ten years now, and my favorite part of Dome is still the ability to make my path and find opportunities and work with teams that I am excited about.   I was able to do that for ten years in operations, and now I am eager to carve out a different path working on valuing Dome’s people.

2. What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Curious, Persistent, Caring

3. What is your dream vacation?

I was supposed to go scuba diving and snorkel in the Galapagos Islands for my 45th birthday in April. As with many things in 2020, it got canceled, but something to look forward to in the future!

4. What are your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?

Favorite podcast in 2020 has been Daring to Lead – Brene Brown on Spotify.   My favorite book from 2020 is Untamed by Glennon Doyle.

5. What were you like at age 10?

You could find me in detention most Thursday afternoons, mostly due to talking too much in class.   That was probably also around when I got kicked out of Girl Scouts due to my ongoing protests that we never got to do anything fun like the Boy Scouts.

5. What’s your personal motto or mantra?

I have many, lately, I have gone back to one I wrote in my high school yearbook:

“Live your life as an Exclamation rather than an Explanation” Isaac Newton