Originally posted on Medium

An Interview With Pirie Jones Grossman

“I’ve always attempted to be my most unapologetic self. At times, that can mean being more empathic than my male counterparts. I take pride in having a good feel for when to talk, when to ask questions and, most importantly, when to listen.” 

In today’s dynamic world, the concept of leadership is continuously evolving. While traditional leadership models have often been male-dominated, there is a growing recognition of the unique strengths and perspectives that women bring to these roles. This series aims to explore how women can become more effective leaders by authentically embracing their femininity and innate strengths, rather than conforming to traditional male leadership styles. In this series, we are talking to successful women leaders, coaches, authors, and experts who can provide insights and personal stories on how embracing their inherent feminine qualities has enhanced their leadership abilities. As part of this series, we had the pleasure of interviewing Carol Meharry.

As the President and CEO of Schweiger Construction Company (SCC) for the past 35+ years, Meharry brings a plethora of knowledge, leadership, and oversight to the woman-owned and certified organization. She is the great-granddaughter of the SCC’s original founder and embodies the company’s legacy of integrity and excellence, driving efficiency and innovation in project execution. Not only is the construction business integrated in her upbringing, it was expanded during her tenure at Fluor Daniel, Inc. where she oversaw the construction and contract management for many federal agency projects including the Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Transportation (FAA), and the Department of Defense. Meharry graduated from the University of Miami, Coral Gables with a BBA degree. She is also active in industry associations such as the Builders Association of Western Missouri, Associated General Contractors (AGC), and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).