What does Empowering Women in Industry mean to you? I am the leading healthcare designer in the US. I meet many sick and elderly who are full of regrets. People with extraordinary ideas brewing in their heads that never came to fruition. I encourage whomever I meet to take that risk and follow their passion. I have come to learn we regret not our actions, but our inaction.
How did you get started in your field? I built my business from the ground up after a divorce left me with four children and no income. Having Completed nearly 87 projects, no single designer has accomplished as many on their own. For the past 15 years, I have traveled across the states designing hospitals, drug rehab centers, nursing homes, and medical centers. Having had a tumultuous start in life, I have beat all odds to get where I am today. I pushed myself hard to get to the top of the design world.
What do you love most about your job? What are you most proud of? I am constantly giving back. I have young, beginner designers always calling to watch me work or for advice. I take each and every one of them under my wing. I encourage and help them start businesses of their own. I give them my best tips, starter samples, and contacts. People ask why I am training competition for myself. There is no such thing. Nobody can take away a project meant for me. A true leader creates more leaders!
What advice would you give to someone considering this line of work? For a woman with a family- there is nothing like being your own boss so you can juggle your schedule accordingly. There is lots of opportunity in the interior design world. All you need is style and flair. Things that are inbred. No school can teach you. Don't let anyone tell you there are already "too much of those". There is always room for more in each industry!
Anything else you would like to add? When I told my ex-husband that I wanted to open a design firm- he laughed that nobody will pay me for my "arts and crafts". You can either let negative comments bring you down or use them as fuel to propel yourself forward and prove them wrong.