College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This study investigates how a vulnerability lesson, integrated into a construction management university course, impacts women’s comfort levels in showing vulnerability in their early careers. It also examines the perceptions of individuals on the subject of vulnerability prior to taking the class expressing societal norms in relation to vulnerability and leadership in relation to vulnerability. Pre- and post-surveys, utilizing the Likert scale and free responses, were used to gather data from students enrolled in a leadership-focused class at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Findings reveal that while vulnerability is seen as vital for leadership, gender challenges persist, shaped by societal norms and workplace cultures. Post-training, participants reported increased comfort with vulnerability, greater willingness to seek support, and enhanced confidence in leadership roles. Feedback was also collected on the addition of this subject to future course curriculums, revealing how necessary and important it is for students to be taught the subject as preparation for the industry. The study suggests avenues for further research, including expanding to recent college graduates and reaching a broader audience with the vulnerability class to promote inclusivity and gather diverse perspectives. This research contributes to advancing gender equity initiatives and fostering more inclusive workplace cultures within the construction industry.

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