Leslie Dawson, Office Administration, Quality Concrete, Inc.

Written by: Brady Drake

Tell us about yourself.

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Joey and a mom to three boys, Daxton, Maverick and Hayes. We also have three dogs, Turbo, Lola and Duke because apparently, we enjoy the chaos. I was born and raised in Fargo and have been a part of this community my whole life. When not working, you will find me spending time with my family making as many memories as we can, hanging with friends, working out, playing volleyball, going to the lakes during any season, listening to country music and true crime podcasts, reading or enjoying a movie. We also like to throw in a good family trip or fun vacation when we can. I enjoy the busy!

I have been in the Construction/Concrete industry for close to three years, but have been in positions related to this field previously.

In my position, I get to do a little bit of everything, from HR to accounting to payroll. No day is the same and each day brings a new challenge. With this role, I am also able to take part in our Quality Cares Program which gives back to different nonprofits and causes in our community based on votes from our clients, employees and community members. It is very rewarding to work for a company that gives back!

Who are some people who have been influential in your journey and why?

My husband because he constantly supports and encourages me through every crazy idea I may have and pushes me to do my best and more; my parents because they raised me to be hardworking, loyal and determined, which has always stuck with me in each position I have taken; and my previous bosses as each have provided me with different tools and resources to grow myself and to know what kind of employee/professional I am striving to be.

What drives you?

My family. I want to be able to provide a life for my family that is full of fun, laughter and adventures and to create memories, big and small, that they will remember forever.

What are some important lessons you have learned in your lifetime?

Not everyone is going to like you and that is okay. Just continue to be your true authentic self. We never know what someone is going through so always be kind. Your words mean nothing if your actions don’t back them up.

What are some of your favorite things to do in our community?

Going to and exploring different parks during the warmer months, attending nonprofit events to support the amazing causes our community has and attending community events that allow our family to get out of the house and do something fun or new.

What are you hoping to gain from the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program?

I am hoping to gain more confidence in myself both personally and professionally, gain more resources and expand my network to include all these amazing women and to learn more about how I can give back to and make a bigger impact on our community.

What do you think can be improved in our community?

I would like to see more things for younger children to do within the community (specifically five and under). With small children, it is oftentimes hard to keep them busy, especially during winter months, so having more places or areas to go as a family to help them burn off energy or be entertained, would be super beneficial!

What do you think can be improved in our business community?

I am sure there are some out there, but having more resources, places or groups for networking because I believe when you are able to get to know more people and expand your network, you are able to be a better leader and person and are able to do more for and within the community!

What are some of your passions outside of work?

I enjoy working out, going to sporting events and supporting area nonprofits through volunteer work or attending events.

Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of Fargo INC! magazine?

When in doubt, take a chance or make the change, because you never know where taking one step might bring you.

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Brady is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media in Fargo, ND.