President & Partner
Meg is president and partner of Welsh Construction, a commercial construction company that has served the state of Minnesota for more than 40 years. She has more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning construction manager across numerous sectors.
Get to Know Meg
What talent would you most like to have?
Being an artist
What living person do you most admire?
Mary Jo Copeland, founder of Sharing & Caring Hands
Favorite fictional character?
Poppy (Trolls ... long story)
Favorite musical group?
E Street Band
What is your most treasured possession?
Women Run the Cities medal
What is your favorite pastime?
What led to your current leadership position?
I became a partner in the firm in 2017 after two years, and was promoted to president in 2020.
What has been the greatest challenge you've faced in your role?
In my early years as a construction manager, I was passed over for promotion on several occasions. But my work eventually was recognized and I ended up leapfrogging into a leadership role. There are pluses and minuses to being a woman in a male-dominated field. At times, being the only woman in the room allows you to stand out and be heard. On the down side, it can get lonely not having other female role models or peers. Thankfully, the industry is changing.
What prepared you most for this position?
Each step of my career has allowed me to grow as a leader and eventually led me to this role. When I think back on the times when I was in a position of exponential career growth, I remember feeling the fear but taking on the challenge anyway. I said and still say many Our Fathers and Hail Marys before
heading into a challenging meeting!
What has been your greatest success?
Two that come to mind are being a partner/owner in my current business and now serving as president. What equipped me most for these successes are a strong work ethic, courage to face a challenge and trust in God.
What advice do you have for women who aspire to become leaders in their fields?
My education at St. Teresa's Academy taught me that as young, bright women, we could do anything—that there were no limits or barriers to what we could accomplish. We were led by strong women and that, in turn, made us strong.
What quality do you most admire in a woman leader?
What is your leadership style?
Direct, down-to-earth and positive