Prestigious Women Awards Honorees: Christine Franklin

As President, Ms. Franklin focuses on the firm’s Vision of Fueling Solutions for a Sustainable World. She ensures that the firm fulfills its obligations to all its stakeholders and promotes a culture of Community, Excellence and Integrity – core values that also form the acronym, CEI. She is a Florida Registered Professional Engineer and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Florida.

Favorite quote: “And the greatest of all is LOVE”

Fun fact: I ran the San Diego Marathon – all 26.2 miles of it!

How do you unwind after a long day of work? With my dog – It’s like I’ve been away forever. It’s instant unwind when he greets me.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? This pandemic has been the most challenging. I’ve had to learn to tolerate uncertainty better and to be very flexible. I’ve also developed a more compassionate and empathetic side, witnessing all of the suffering.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? When CEI celebrated its 20th Anniversary – that was quite an achievement and a moment of pride in all that we have accomplished.

Who are your role models? I like Oprah – she’s authentic and uplifts others. Others include Bill Gates who uses his fortune to help relieve suffering in the world and Eckhart Tolle who espouses the Power of Now. There are also spiritual and religious role models who teach me every day.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Dealing with people will be the most challenging part of running a business. With people come emotions and other personal attributes that factor into the professional relationship.

What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? In your weakness is your strength! Find a way to add value to whatever you do by capitalizing on the strength of being a woman.

How does being a woman has impacted your career? Being a woman in Engineering and Construction, a predominantly male field, has allowed me to bring the feminine perspective to decisions.

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