Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? New Haven had just embarked on an ambitious school construction program and the architectural firm where I was the director of administration and marketing designed the renovate/as new Truman Elementary School.
What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? I probably experienced many of the same fears that most individuals face when starting their careers: Would I have the technical knowledge to contribute to the team? Would I get along with my coworkers? Would my boss listen to me? Would my input be valued and respected? Would clients and other
What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job in construction was as an accounting clerk. I learned 3 important keys to success in that position:
What are you doing differently in 2019 that has had a positive impact on your career? This year my focus is going to be on creating various client appreciation programs. Whether it’s a feedback program or fun client events. We want our clients to feel like we have their back no matter what and have
What were your biggest fears when you started out in your profession? When I first started out finding a job was very hard because of the economy. Being a young female engineer entering a male-dominated field was a little overwhelming.
What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first job was in a nursing home. Besides learning at an early age that I never wanted to be a resident in one, it taught me three things: First, I learned how to manage the valuable skill of balancing work and home responsibilities. Second, the art of reading body language. I got to know when the residents needed
What was your first job and what did you learn from it? At 18 years old I took a job in NYC as a receptionist/bookkeeper for a graphic design studio. I found it very interesting working within a creative environment even though I was not an artist. The foundation of my work ethic was developed at this job. Despite over an hour commute to work, I learned that
What was your first job and what did you learn from it? My first construction job was an internship in the engineering department at Ford Motor Co. Steel Division, Rouge Plant, Dearborn, MI. I spent the summer of 1979 on a line and grade crew that set rolling mill equipment to one thousandth of an inch and monitored construction of a
What was your first job and what did you learn from it? I graduated around one of the toughest times, during the 2008 recession. I lived in Rhode Island but landed my first job in New Jersey at an interior design firm, Frank DelleDonne Interiors, Inc. doing high-end residential interiors in NJ and NYC. Residential design was not studied much in the school
Which project, deal or transaction was the “game changer” in the advancement of your career during the last 10 years? The project that had an impact on me was a project in Stamford, CT at 992 Summer St. This was a new low income senior residential building. The residents who moved into this building were living in old run-down units. The building was built