Painting Contractors Association (PDCA), Women in Contracting feature:

Lynn Briggette-Boerger

“I grew up working in my family’s restaurant business where I learned a lot about the type of business owner I wanted to be. In college, I studied Political Science and Gender Studies intent on becoming a corporate lawyer in the medical field. However, when I graduated from the College of St. Benedict the market was flooded with attorneys looking for work and I knew it wasn’t a good decision to jump into law school right away. Some people ask how you can go from wanting to be an attorney to owning a painting company, I always say the transition was easy! If you ever have studied for the LSAT, you know the mental anguish the logic questions can cause. I’ve found that these expertly teach you how to schedule painters (example: Bill, Susie, Bob, and Jill need to cross this river in a boat. Bob can’t drive the boat and can’t be left on the other side by himself, Jill forgot her oar, and Susie isn’t speaking with Bill. How will everyone make it across?) While I waited for my dare to be great moment albeit impatiently, I got my feet wet working as a legal assistant supporting the business law division of a local firm, learned a little bit about insurance while working as an agent, and can probably tell you where all the Kroger grocery stores are in Texas thanks to some time spent testing search engines. When the opportunity arose with Colorful Concepts I knew I had learned just enough from each of my previous positions to be dangerous. Now, ten years later and ten years wiser, I’m exactly where I am meant to be.”

Lynn Briggette Boerger, Women in Contracting (PDCA)
  • What inspired you to become a painting contractor? Was it something you planned?
    Becoming a painting contractor wasn’t at all what I had planned, however, being a business owner was a definite possibility!  When the opportunity presented itself to lead Colorful Concepts I jumped at the chance.
  • Do you think the industry has changed for women since you’ve been in it?
    The most awesome thing I’ve noticed in the last few years is the growing number of women in the construction industry especially in leadership roles.
  • What advice would you give to women considering joining the industry?
    Find a tribe of like-minded people who can celebrate your accomplishments and give constructive advice to get you through the hard times.  Surround yourself with people who excel at the things you don’t.  Listen and learn from their experiences, but always follow your gut instinct.  Keep your chin up and dig in!
  • What unique contribution can women make to the industry?
    In my experience women have proven to be great collaborators which is important when multiple people/subcontractors are working on projects.  Women can also be better at leaving their ego at the door when things get tough.