What motivated you to become a designer (or current role?)?
I was inspired to become a designer when I took an interior design class for fun while working at a corporate law firm. I was motivated to take on my current role of Design Leader/Account Manager by my client and my manager, Stan. I’m someone who sometimes needs another person to believe in me before I believe in myself. Their confidence in me and their willingness to help me learn along the way helped me take on these new responsibilities. Plus…they are all super fun to work with!
When you are retired and look back on your life, what is the biggest accomplishment you hope to achieve?
I want my clients to be happy and to have helped others grow in their careers. I have aspirations for dream projects that push me creatively but, ultimately, I would be most proud of helping others achieve their goals.
What does successful workplace culture mean to you?
A successful workplace culture is one that enables everyone to comfortably and confidently be themselves. To be seen for who they are and to celebrate the different things we bring to the table. As we are a collaborative industry, I think that it is of upmost importance that our workplace culture encourages everyone to share their ideas…even if they seem silly or small. We all have a role (or roles) and we respect each other in those roles but we also know that we can all learn from each other and anyone else who joins us at our office (or in our Zoom meeting? ). We are here to learn and inspire!
What would you be doing if you were not working in this industry?
I would work in the criminal justice field in some capacity; likely in social work or criminal psychology.
Do you have a talent (outside of being your talented self at Bergmeyer) that you are proud of?
I might be able to follow-up with something here….my talents other than work seem very far in the past. :/ But I can carry a tray of drinks above my head through a crowd so maybe that’s something that is still useful?
What’s the most important part of your morning routine?
Morning snuggles with my dog, Leia.
What’s the most rebellious thing you’ve ever done?
It was clear that my parents were going to force me to go to a university that I desperately did not want to attend if I was accepted. As a straight‑A student, I knew there was no way I wasn’t getting accepted. No one was helping me through the application process so I just never applied. A true rebel.
What’s inside your favorite cocktail?
Currently? Mezcal and grapefruit… a Mezcal Paloma. In winter… bourbon or rye on the rocks.
What were your first seven jobs?
1) Neighborhood lawn mower, 2) Coat check girl, 3) Movie theatre concession stand attendant (employee of the month a record number of times), 4) File clerk at the BU Student Health Center, 5) Assistant Event Planner at a public garden, 6) Cocktail waitress at a sports bar, 7) Conflicts/Investigative Services Department at a corporate law firm
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Moving to Boston at 18 and starting my adult life on my own. That and paying off all of my student loans.
What do you do when you're at a dinner party and the conversation gets awkward?
I’m typically the one making it awkward so I try to just stop talking.
In a parallel universe, what is your profession?
Criminal psychologist and/or social worker in the prison system