Nancy Novak’s Advice to Women New to Mission Critical: Even if You Don’t Have the Experience, Focus on Leadership Skills

LEESBURG, VA -- Nancy Novak, Compass Datacenters’ SVP of Construction, has over 25 years of construction experience and has overseen the delivery of over $3.5 Billion USD in project. Prior to Compass, Nancy was the National VP of Operations for Balfour Beatty Construction which she joined after serving in a variety of executive positions for Hensel Phelps Construction Company. Novak will be a featured speaker at CAPRE’s upcoming Women of Mission Critical Summit September 9, in Leesburg, VA. We caught up with Nancy to learn about her journey, perspective, and advice for other women considering entering the mission critical space. CAPRE: Thanks for chatting with us, Nancy. We’re looking forward to hearing from you September 9. Please tell us about yourself and what you do at Compass. Novak: I’m Senior Vice-President of Construction at Compass Data Centers. I’m what they call the face of the company, promoting diversity and inclusion in our industry. I’m head of health and safety, I support our sales group, and I head up any kind of “firefighting” that has to happen. CAPRE: How long have you been in the Mission Critical space? Novak: I’ve only focused solely on mission critical for the past two years, but before that, I was involved with building data centers for military, Equinix, and other major names as a general contractor. CAPRE: What are you looking forward to about CAPRE’s upcoming Women of Mission Critical Summit? Novak: We’re talking about…