Growing with Purpose Podcast: "Confidence and Competence" with Tracy Dahlin

Posted by Tracy Dahlin on October 10, 2018

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Tracy Dahlin is a self-described "bull in a china shop" and a rumored "occasional pain in the ass." She's also a passionate, purpose-driven business leader.

Today on the Growing with Purpose podcast, host Paul Spiegelman talks with Tracy Dahlin, Owner and President of Iron River Construction, a women-owned, full-service Minneapolis contractor and remodeler. Although Tracy is a licensed contractor, insurance inspector and roof inspector, she frequently deals with looks of disbelief when a woman shows up on the construction site. Still, Tracy leveraged her confident leadership and competence in the industry to build a successful, fast-growing company built on transparency, autonomy and collaboration.

In this episode, hear how Tracy continues to check her own leadership and her vision for the future of the construction  industry. Tune into Tracy's story here. 


[2:20] Starting a Business while Raising Four Kids

[5:25] The Satisfaction of Physical Work

Tracy Dahlin is President and Owner of Iron River Construction.

[8:10] Learning to Let Others Lead

[12:20] Being Woman-Owned in the Construction Industry

[17:02] A Culture of Collaboration, Not Competition

[27:06] Why Young People Should Go into Construction 

[33:48] Confidence by Doing is the Best Education


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Topics: Leadership, growing with purpose, Paul Spiegelman

About Tracy Dahlin

Tracy has been the owner of Iron River Construction since its inception in 2000. She has handled all aspects of the business; from design and site preparation to subcontractor bidding, selection and scheduling. Tracy is a licensed contractor, a licensed insurance adjuster, and a certified roof inspector. She has five children, ranging from 15 to 24 years old.

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