Alumni Spotlight: Brigitte Moten
Brigitte Moten, '89, has spent the past 20 years breaking the glass ceiling in Georgia's engineering and environmental construction industry.
In 1997, Moten joined Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants (GEC) in Macon as an office manager. Soon she began working on the firm's proposals for upcoming projects. Naturally, Moten started assisting the engineers' marketing clients.
"Being a female and marketing in the engineering and construction industry came with trials, but those trials enabled me to learn as much as I could about the field," she said. "The experience made me a more knowledgeable marketer." When Moten joined GEC, she was one of only three women in the Macon branch. Surprisingly, women represented less than 20 percent of Georgia's engineering industry.
"It has been a process of earning my stripes," said Moten, who now serves as director of marketing for GEC. She handles the company's business development projects, prepares bid proposals and solicitations; develops marketing materials; plans events, and manages human resources.
Moten majored in management at Georgia College because she "enjoyed working with people to resolve problems." She chose her college after visiting the campus with Mercer University's Upward Bound Program while attending high school. She liked the small, personable feel of the campus.
"My four years at Georgia College were invaluable," Moten said. "From my business professors and work-study job at the admissions office to my membership with Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, I was prepared for the business world."
Georgia College equipped Moten with the best resources to succeed in the business world, she said. "I remember taking business policy my senior year that required us to develop and run a business for the entire quarter," Moten said. "Business policy brought real world experiences into class. It was difficult, but the course allowed me to apply what I had learned from every other business course I had previously taken."
"In a small company, we all wear many hats," she said. "I love what I do. There's never a dull moment."
Moten gives back to her community by volunteering and has made a strong commitment to GEC's Habitat for Humanity projects. Last year, she and her coworkers helped build a Habitat home and raised $10,000 for the organization.
"It was so fulfilling to see people come together and do a project for someone they don't know," said Moten. "What a wonderful gift to give! Community involvement and giving back is important to me. We all become successful in life when we help someone else."
Moten serves on Georgia College's Alumni Association Board where she helps with the Alumni Awards and Alumni Weekend committees.
She also serves on the United Way of Central Georgia , Macon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, was a 2010 Leadership Georgia graduate and volunteers for the Macon Golf for Kids, Tubman African American Museum's "All That Jazz" benefit and the Mentor's Program.
And, after years of watching her brother and husband ride their Harley Davidson motorcycles, Moten has joined them on the open road.
"When I ride my Harley, it gives me a sense of freedom and satisfaction that you can accomplish anything you want in life you desire," she said. "I love riding on back roads. You see the beauty of our state."
Moten also has become a certified advanced scuba diver. "I have seen some of God's most beautiful creations under water on my travels to Belize, the Cayman Islands and Bonaire.
While retirement is still on the horizon, she is planning her work exit strategy in the same way she has managed her career—with forethought and attention to detail.
"When I reach time for retirement, I'm sure I will volunteer with organizations," she said. "I'm exploring different places I can travel on my Harley, but most of all I plan to enjoy my family.
"I hope to train my replacement at GEC in preparation for retirement," said Moten, "and it would be awesome if it's a Georgia College graduate."