Georgia Bergers is a construction industry professional creating software platforms that support safety and compliance for AGC member companies. She is keenly aware of the ongoing need to create portals of entry for black and brown people into her specific work with software programming, but also for the construction industry as a whole.
In the fall of 2021, when she learned of Procore’s new HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) scholarship program with the AGC Education and Research Foundation, she was impressed by this commitment from one of her peer companies. That inspiration compelled Georgia to take an introspective look at how she might contribute to diversity and inclusion efforts in an industry where she has such passion. A stated drive of hers is to “help the construction industry tell its story and recruit great people.”
She decided to embark on an adventure with her partner, a fellow cycler. They each enjoy cycling and go on multi-day bike packing rides around the world. With pent-up needs to take on a new task, they agreed to set forth on a bike ride to raise money for the new Procore HBCU scholarship program.
They chose the online crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe to announce their plan to cycle a hefty 828 miles (1,300kms) around Iceland to raise funds to open up doors to careers in construction for African American and other underserved students attending our nation’s historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs.
Their ride included cycling around Iceland’s ring road, fully unsupported for 21 days with a goal of raising $10 per mile, or $8,280 dollars. She noted on the GoFundMe site they anticipated a “grueling, cold, wet, windy ride but with the upside of some stunning scenery and riding for this cause.”
At the completion of the ride, she noted in a July 5, 2022, post on the GoFundMe site, “The weather-related headwinds we experienced, while extreme at times, were temporary. Some folks face unrelenting and compounding ‘headwinds’ every day. These compound to cause inequities — like education access and costs, racism, lack of career opportunities, etc. We all have the responsibility to recognize headwinds and take systematic measures to level the playing field and foster inclusion and belonging.”
Georgia’s courageous efforts to move the needle on diversity and inclusion in the industry is deeply appreciated through her selfless act of giving. The AGC Education and Research Foundation thanks Georgia and the many donors who gave in support of her efforts resulting in an additional $7,000 for scholarship support for the next generation of construction professionals from our nation’s HBCUs.