No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #47 – Johnny Gonzalez – My Hope is to Promote the Feminization of the Construction Industry

This Inspirational Interview brought to you by Johnny Gonzalez, age 32 from Biloxi, Mississippi. Johnny works as the Program Manager, at the Moore Community House– for the organization, Women In Construction

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Johnny said, “I”m from California by way of Nicaragua. I live in Biloxi, MS. I moved here after Hurricane Katrina.”

“I believe that it’s important for society to recognize the importance of providing jobs to well-trained, capable and driven women in predominantly male-driven industries such as construction. Women make up half the country’s population but hold more than 75% of the country’s minimum wage jobs. My goal is to promote gender equity and equality and the feminization of the construction industry. I’m not, by any means, a special individual. I think I got lucky and figured out what I loved to do which is help people and was presented the ability to do so. It has become a selfish passion of mine to watch people achieve their goals. I don’t consider myself a good or bad person, I think life is too long and too short to ever try and lump one or the other together. I don’t want to live forever but I hope my work lasts at least a lifetime.”

Here are Johnny’s answers to the Bonus Questions:

If you could cure one disease in the world what would it be? Why?

I would love to cure cancer. All cancer

If you could be any profession at all, what would it be?

I’d like to run for public office. I’d like to influence policy and enact change at the state level.

What is your favorite physical feature on your own body?

I like my eyes and beard. My hands are kinda alright

If you could afford any type of clothing, which fashion designer would you wear?


Give money to the beggar on the street or tell them to “Get a job!” Which one are you?

I give money as long as they are honest with what they are going to do with it

What is the most adventurous thing you ever did?

I traveled from southern California to South America in a car. Took two weeks and I saw A LOT

Do you have any addictions or obsessions?

Cheese puffs and fruit punch

What is your passion?

The outdoors, social justice, equality, change,

If you could give any gift to any person who and what would it be?

I’d give the person I love the life they wanted

What makes you cry?

Soldier surprise homecoming videos

Who is your Celebrity crush?

Holly was in a commercial once. does that count?

Do you love your job? Why? I LOVE my job.

it’s the one thing I know I’ve done well

What one subject would you add to high school curriculums?

Filling out a W-2

Have you ever streaked and where?

Swimming in the Gulf

Do you hate anyone? Why?

I’d say a strong disdain for anyone that would hurt a woman they claim to love. I’m not thinking of any individual in particular.

What word would people use to describe you?



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