The Business of Building People

PCL corporate training consultant Kara Sand is here to lend a hand.

PCL corporate training consultant Kara Sand
delivering training to PCL employees.

Kara (second from left) with her family at Machu

“This is my dream job,” said Sand. “I help PCL employees develop their skills so we can better serve our clients, fellow employees, and our community.”
As part of the corporate professional development team at PCL’s United States head office, Sand’s formal function in the organization is to help PCL employees develop productive and satisfying careers​​. She does this through delivering instructor-led training sessions that help to increase and enhance employees’ technical and behavioral competencies. Sand also contributes to the organization by offering leadership development, consultation, and coaching services.
“Kara is a true PCL ambassador as she helps so many at PCL with their professional and career development,” said Mike Sarran, US director, Professional Development. “She puts her team and PCL first and is willing to give whatever it takes for others to be successful.”


Well-trained and educated herself, Sand has a masters in speech communication, is a Certified Professional in Learning Performance (CPLP), and a member of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). 
Dale Kain, vice president and district manager of PCL’s California Buildings Division, recently worked alongside Sand to provide his employees in Los Angeles with PCL’s “Solution Providers” training. Kain said Sand was able, in short order, to take a group who might have been apprehensive about the class ahead of them, and make them feel comfortable and willing to open up.
“She just looks like she is having fun with training,” said Kain. “The way she interjects her life experiences into the training environment allows attendees to feed off her energy and become more engaged in the session."  


PCL trainers endure a dynamic work schedule—an environment in which Sand clearly thrives. Throughout the year, she travels to PCL US districts and numerous job sites. No two trips are the same and the spontaneity keeps Sand on her toes, with a suitcase packed.
Sand says she balances her career by both relaxing and seeking out adventures. In May 2013, Sand, her husband, sister, and brother in-law gave their parents, as a 40th wedding anniversary gift, a hiking trip of the Inca trail in Peru. More than a present, the trip was a chance for Sand to recharge and connect with nature and family.
“Physically, it was the hardest trek of my life,” said Sand. “But the sheer beauty of my surroundings allowed me to fully appreciate the journey.”

Always thinking of others and pushing them to be their best, Sand lives out PCL’s values every day whether at work, at home, or on a mountain peak.


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