Pittsburgh entrepreneur hopes to set an example for women in business – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Debbie Mancini has spent about 40 years showing homes as a real estate agent.
Now she goes through them to inspect them. Mancini established A Harmony Home Inspection approximately 30 years ago and provides services throughout Western Pennsylvania.
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“I talk to people coming down from ledges every day,” Mancini said. “’My radon came in at 20 pCi/l. I will die.’ No, no, that’s what we’re going to do. It’s just a matter of education, and that’s what I do best. I educate.
But Mancini first said some people don’t want to listen.
“The biggest challenge is right up front because people look at you and immediately judge you,” Mancini said. “I’m here to tell what a home inspector looks like in Debbie’s country.”
In 2019, women made up about 10% of construction and building inspectors nationwide, according to statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor. But Mancini said being a woman in a male-dominated field also had its perks.
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“They kind of feel mom’s touch,” Mancini said. “I’m a mom before I’m anything else, so everything I do has this approach, ‘How can I help you?’ It’s authentic and people see it.
Mancini encourages other women to climb the ladder and ask for help along the way.
“I think women are shy to ask for help,” Mancini said. “We are taught to do it or not to do it. Be quiet. Act like a lady. Nope.
So that one day they can break through the glass ceiling like she did.
“I keep a little pink gavel on my table to remind me of that,” Mancini said. “Not only did I hit the ceiling, but I also believe in helping other women harmoniously. That’s what it’s all about.
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When Mancini isn’t picking up a hammer, she’s picking up a pen to write children’s books. She has a new one coming out this summer. In this book, she mixes the world of real estate with that of a child.