Our culture emphasizes inclusivity and the sharing of ideas. We value education and support a workplace that empowers talented, innovative leaders. We are open-minded, curious, and ambitious.
What motivated you to become a designer (or current role?)?
I was motivated to become president of Bergmeyer after serving a year (2013) as president of the BSA board. I always thought I was capable of leading an organization, but after being BSA president, I had a real look at what being a president was like – and I thought I did pretty well at it. I focused on improving the composition and decision-making process of that board of directors and re-connected the BSA to its strategic plan. Plus we re-branded and re-launched the BSA Foundation. It was a great year! I wanted more.
When you are retired and look back on your life, what is the biggest accomplishment you hope to achieve?
I’m closer to retirement than most Bergies so that’s a little less theoretical for me. Bergmeyer is seriously my most important project, and I hope my best work is making this firm better.
What does successful workplace culture mean to you?
Your company has a successful workplace culture when people can bring their whole selves to work. People should be understood and appreciated and valued for who they fully are – not just for their job-related skills.
If you had to pick one word that best represents Bergmeyer's culture, what would it be, and why?
One word: Trust. I know it’s not an adjective, but I think trust comes first at Bergmeyer. It makes everything else possible.
What would you be doing if you were not working in this industry?
No hesitation: I’d be a lawyer. For real. I have great respect for the law and love that it’s all about ideas and understandings and civic engagement and principles. Maybe environmental law. That’s a pretty exciting field!
Do you have a talent (outside of being your talented self at Bergmeyer) that you are proud of?
I’m a competitive crossword puzzle solver. My best time on the NY Times Sunday puzzle is 35:21. Plus: My partner Katie says I’m astonishing at naming that tune and remembering song lyrics . . . but I know people who can smoke me at that! So no claim to fame there.
What's the most important part of your morning routine?
Getting the tie and pocket square combination right.
What's your most powerful characteristic?
I think I'm a good communicator. Communication is essential to design. Communication in all forms (verbal, written, visual) is what makes the design process effective. Good communication is essential to leadership, too. Organizations need to understand what they're about and where they're going, and that understanding needs to be broadly shared.
What service do you use to stream music?
I don't stream. I'd rather buy the MP3s and make my own playlists. I think I was a DJ in a previous life.
What are you reading?
I usually go for contemporary fiction, but these days the facts have taken precedence: "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson, "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein, "Drawdown" by Paul Hawken.
What’s your favorite season?
Winter. You can’t ski in the summer.
What legacy do you want to leave behind?
I am convinced that we can do more good in the world by looking beyond our projects. I am working to make organizations that I believe in stronger, more effective, and more useful. Those include the BSA, the BSA Foundation, the Boston Civic Design Commission, and - most important of all - this amazing design firm: Bergmeyer.
What inspires you?
This City inspires me. I get energized every day (twice a day) walking in-between South Station and our office in the Fort Point Channel.