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Donna LaJeunesse
President

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Affiliations

Board of Directors, Chicagoland AGC, Associated

  General Contractors of America

Member, Chief, Senior Executive Women’s Network

Member, Professional Women in Construction (PWC),

Member, She Builds, Bringing women together from all aspects of the construction industry

Certifications & Training

Leadership Training for Managers, Dale Carnegie

 

United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) Department of Education and Training (DET) Programs 

  • Collaborative Leadership: Building Jobsite Leaders

 

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Convention

  • Honey, We Have to T.A.L.K.: Four Steps for Navigating Difficult Conversations

  • Building the Foundation for Your People and Talent Capacity

  • Breaking Barriers, Maximizing Results: The Competitive Edge of Lean Construction in Minority Contracting

Education

Northeastern University, Chicago, IL

Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, IL

Triton College, River Grove, IL

College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL

Donna LaJeunesse is a rarity, a role model, and a leader in the construction industry. She began working at Custom Contracting in 1989 and rose through the ranks from administrative assistant to ever greater positions of responsibility, including controller and vice president responsible for strategic planning, IT, finance, legal, and human resources.

 

In 2022, she became CEO and in 2023 the majority owner of the company, setting the stage for Custom Contracting to earn its highly valued certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) with WBENC, the City of Chicago, and the State of Illinois.

Donna says, “I’m living testimony that women in construction can break the glass ceiling in construction and seize opportunities to advance, even to the level of ownership. Women and minorities are helping to build a new table for this industry, and we have a seat at it.

“Let’s embrace this. Let's bring minorities and women into the field and train them for leadership positions in and out of the office, let’s live equity, and provide everyone the tools they need to succeed. If you can build a team where everyone is free to bring their unique gifts and perspectives to the table, that will create the best outcome for everyone and improve our industry.”

 

She adds, We’ve always focused on education and career advancement. Now we are taking it to the next level intentionally. If a strong team is the first step toward success, the next step is ensuring your team continues to advance professionally and individually. The jobsite has evolved over the years, and one important change is people’s willingness to share and listen to one another.”

 

Through her commitment to excellence in client engagements, company culture and team, and intentional expansion and her championing of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness, she lives her company’s mission, “Building a Healthy Place in Our World.”

 

“Every decision we make aligns with our mission,” she says. “That is Custom Contracting’s compass and keeps us all—our team members, clients, and partners—heading in the same direction.”

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