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Reach new limits: Aine O’Dwyer Principal and CEO of Enovate, a WBE/DBE/SBE firm that serves as a prime contractor as well as a subcontractor on city, state, and federal public agency and private projects.


Á ine (pronounced ‘On-Ya’) O’Dwyer has held a succession of progressive leadership roles throughout her career. She says that the best ideas “always develop through collaboration with our clients.” “We’re a young company. Having started in this business as an intern and becoming a young vice president and CEO, I see tremendous value in brilliant, but not necessarily experienced, young minds,” O’Dwyer says. “I very much have this approach with Enovate. This mindset has won our company and employees multiple awards. Providing employees freedom to excel and advance without the confines of precedent is a great motivator and a great way for people to reach new limits.” A CONVERSATION WITH AINE O’DWYER. The Zweig Letter: You became CEO and owner in 2017. What was the main impetus for that? Aine O’Dwyer: Having spent 10 years working for a large

construction firm, nationally and internationally, and working my way through the ranks there, I felt it was time to go out on my own and have my own firm. The success of those I surround myself with and the passion that they bring to their work day-to-day is what drives me to be a better leader and push the business forward. TZL: How has COVID-19 impacted your firm’s policy on telecommuting/working remotely? AO: We’ve always had a very transient workforce from Enovate’s inception, whether that has been on a jobsite, in an office, or at home, and so the requirements around working with COVID have not felt drastically different for us. When I started the firm, we made sure to use the latest cloud-based platforms, so that we could continually collaborate and because of setting up this upfront infrastructure, our transition in mid-March to most of the company working from home was very seamless. Employees are doing a great job being productive and engaged during this period and I imagine there will be


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