Speaker Profiles

Jamie McMillan

Jamie McMillan

Boilermaker, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

Co-Founder of Workplace Equality (We) Awareness Ribbon

Jamie is a journeyman Ironworker, boilermaker and professional speaker. Jamie owns KickAss Careers. www.kickasscareers.org.

Growing up Jamie wasn’t aware of the vast opportunity in the construction industry. She wanted to be a miner like her father but was discouraged by its absence of women. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a health care professional. Jamie spent years working in health care facilities, homecare, and bartending/serving at restaurants and pubs.

Discovering the trades changed her career path and gave her a feeling of self-worth and empowerment. Jamie became fascinated and intrigued by her desire to learn to create with steel and figure out ways to put it all together with cranes, rigging, bolts, and welds. She loved the physical challenges, being one of the crew, and seeing the results of the work everyone did together knowing it would stand there for years to come. She knew there had to be others out other who would love to find a job that made them happy. Since then she has become extremely passionate about encouraging others to seek out similar pathways.

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