March 7-13, 2021 is Women in Construction Week. We are recognizing some of the women who own and operate construction businesses in the Philadelphia region’s construction industry. These women and their companies are changing the Philadelphia region, both its physical and cultural landscapes.
This week, we’re spotlighting Jewell Antoine-Johnson, Manager Partner of Antoine Johnson LLC.
How and why did you pursue a career in construction?
I founded Antoine Johnson LLC nearly a decade ago after a 16-year architectural and design career. I was inspired by Emily Bittenbender, who encouraged me to pursue my aspirations of entrepreneurship. Mentorship has been a cornerstone for our growth and helped us develop industry relationships and opportunities. Transforming my love for creating the built environment into a business model affords me the opportunity increase equity and inclusion in the industry.
What do you love about running your construction business?
I love being a part of the process of transforming an idea into something you can experience, whether it is helping a client navigate challenges to successful projects or offering career opportunities. What I love most about running my own business is I get to have a direct impact on every aspect of the business from marketing, team development to project management and implementation.
What is one of your favorite past or current projects, and why?
One of my favorite projects was the redevelopment of Progress Plaza on North Broad Street. It is the nation’s first African American owned shopping center in the US. It was established by the late Rev. Leon Sullivan, a Baptist minister and civil rights leader who had a vision for it to serve as a launching pad for economic development and encourage African American entrepreneurs. While working on this project, I developed a few relationships key to my starting Antoine Johnson. I like to think Rev. Sullivan would be proud.
Click below to see a full list of GBCA members that are certified Women-Owned Business Enterprises:
About Women in Construction Week
WIC Week was founded by The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) which includes over 115 chapters across the country. NAWIC offers its members education, support, and networking to help advance their careers in construction, build their technical skills, and become leaders.