((L-R) Patti Murphy, Deborah Flagan, Sara D’Eathe and Katy Wooderson | Photos courtesy of Hayden Homes)
Four out of eight executive team members at Hayden Homes are women and are being celebrated by the company during Women in Construction Week, March 5-11.
The share of female representation in Hayden Homes’ leadership team far exceeds national trends. Women make up an estimated 11-14 percent of the construction industry, 18 percent of senior leadership roles in the construction industry and 38 percent of all leadership positions in the U.S.
Hayden Homes has been recognized by several publications as a best company to work for, most recently by Seattle Business Magazine, and its leaders believe the inclusive work environment has a lot to do with why employees enjoy working with the home builder.
Women fill 38 percent of all positions at Hayden Homes, which is more than double the national share of women in the construction industry. Women are represented at all levels of the company, including on job sites and as project managers.
“We focus on attracting and retaining talented team members from diverse backgrounds,” said Patti Murphy, vice president of employee experience at Hayden Homes. “Women join Hayden Homes at all stages of their career because there’s more than one path to a career in construction.”
Murphy is one of four women on Hayden Homes’ executive team. The women include:
- Sara D’Eathe, vice president of finance and accounting. D’Eathe joined the company in 2021 but she’s not new to the construction industry. After completing her undergraduate degree, she started her career in the land and acquisitions department of a large Canadian home builder and has more than 25 years of experience working in the financial services industry.
- Deborah Flagan, vice president of community engagement. Flagan has held many roles in her 23 years with the company. Today, she advocates for successful tools to drive housing affordability and availability for the middle market throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. This week Deb was named to Governor Tina Kotek’s Housing Production Advisory Council.
- Patti Murphy, vice president of employee experience. Murphy joined the company in 2017 and has spent the past 16 years of her career in human resources in the construction industry.
- Katy Wooderson, vice president of marketing. Wooderson joined the company in 2017 and has 16 years of cross-industry marketing and communications experience, including sports marketing, hospitality, health care and new home construction.
New data from LinkedIn shows that women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions, even in industries with high percentages of female workers, such as healthcare and administrative and support services.
“We’re proud of the inclusive culture we’ve built at all levels of the company,” said Flagan. “Our team members stay with us because they don’t just enjoy their work, they enjoy the people they work with and the work we do for our communities.”
Women in Construction Week was first organized by The National Association of Women in Construction in 1998. The annual event invites all workers in construction and related industries to celebrate and promote women in construction, to both recognize their contributions and educate communities about opportunities to start a career in the trade.
To view a list of available Hayden Homes positions, visit hayden-homes.com/work-with-us.
About Hayden Homes:
Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 23,000 new homes to price-conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest. Hayden Homes exists to Give As You Go, so together we build a strong community, and lead fulfilled lives.
Hayden Homes has contributed $4.9 billion to local economies and has created more than 85,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than $44 million in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided over 100 families throughout the Pacific Northwest with an affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.