“All of our learning and development programs are developed in-house to make sure they match the spirit of DPR. We have built a culture of trust that allows employees the freedom to do what is best for our customers and their projects, and our training focuses on what individual skills and abilities people need to be successful in our organization.”

At DPR, who we build is as important as what we build. Cari Williams joined DPR in 1994 as the San Diego region’s 10th employee and followed an organic career evolution into her current role in people practices. Working in the technical side of construction, a world dominated by concrete and steel, Cari knew it was people that made the difference. Following successful roles as a project manager and member of San Diego’s leadership team, Cari transitioned her focus solely on company-wide people practices, which includes learning and development, in 2006.

Since then, her award-winning team has focused on aligning DPR’s growth with its organizational and people strategies, working toward DPR’s mission to be one of the most admired companies by 2030, specifically making sure our people practices are recognized as being progressive and influential.

  • Working in an ice cream factory making popsicles and ice cream sandwiches in the middle of the summer in Toledo, Ohio. That job led to another summer at Nabisco making Triscuits in Oakland.
  • My mom – she’s smart, talented, strong, resilient and changing the world.
  • Istanbul – a very pleasant surprise at the end of an amazing trip with my mom and sister.

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