International Women's Day

March 8, 2018

Tell your daughter she can be whoever she wants to be. | From welders and engineers to our own CFO, DI is proud to have women who constantly push boundaries and strive to pave the way for the next generation of girls. Hear from some of the DI women pictured in this photo on empowerment, female heroes, and what International Women’s Day means to them:

Lauren Lee

Design Engineer

What makes you feel empowered?
Learning. Even if I never end up having to use that knowledge, it’s mine. Also, seeing women turn out in huge numbers to support a cause. It makes me think, “Yes, I’m just one person, but together we can effect change.”

Why is celebrating International Women’s Day important to you? 
We need to support each other, continue to work towards equality both locally and globally, and acknowledge the great contributions women have made/are making to society.


Rosie Ralston

Welder

What advice would you tell you 13-year-old self?
Listen to your gut, not other people. Everything isn’t always going to be fun and easy– plan accordingly.

What makes you feel empowered?
Being kick-ass!


Allison Schmitt

CFO

What advice would you tell you 13-year-old self?
Two things: 1. Stay Vertical– if you mess things up, fail, get rejected, or embarrassed, just keep standing! 2. Time is the all equalizer– people may possess more than you; money, looks, friends, etc., but we all have 24-hours in a day. Use it wisely.

What makes you feel empowered? 
Serving others.


Megan Vande Kerk

Manager of Operations

What female role model has had the biggest impact on your life? Why? 
My older sisters. They’ve been the key women throughout my life that I’ve looked up to. They know me the best; I trust them to call it like it is, give it to me straight, be there when I need them, and most importantly, be a wealth of comedic relief.

What makes you feel empowered? 
The space to make a positive impact.


Jackie Berra

Design Studio Manager

What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
Be yourself. It gets better.

Why is celebrating National Women’s Day important to you?
The future is female. We hold the power to do greater things than the generations before us, not because we’re smarter or faster, but because we have the platform.


Tricia Doolin

Architect

How do you empower your daughter?
My step-daughter, who lost her biological mother about a year ago, just turned 16 and our kitchen chats are always full of affirmations over blueberry pancakes (or whatever else she cons me into cooking). My biggest lesson to her is to speak the things that she wishes for her life. I am a strong believer that the words we speak hold an abundance of power. This is how I empower my daughter.

What empowers you?
I feel the most empowered when I’m speaking to and mentoring young adults interested in the architecture and design profession. As a female (and a person of color) in the architecture world, I have the amazing opportunity to carry the torch for other young women interested in this profession. Representation matters.


Terri Hoffman

HR Manager

What advice would you tell your 13-year-old self?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way and when you do, learn from them.

Why is celebrating International Women’s Day important to you?
It’s important to me because it is a day that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments and successes of women and helps inspire young girls to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals.


Dakota Miller

Social Media Manager

How do you empower women around you?
Through celebration. I think it is incredibly important to celebrate the victories, big and small, and the stuff that make us different. In a world that is so quick to be harsh and judgmental, it is super empowering to lift each other up and cheer each other on. #EmpoweredWomenEmpowerWomen

What female role model has had the biggest impact on your life?
My mom- for giving me the power of choice to be anything I want to be, the encouragement to believe I can do so, and the love and support to get me there along the way.


Sam Yates

Designer

What advice would you tell your 13-year-old self? 
Look at “non-traditional” career paths, you never know what you are good at until you try it.

What makes you feel empowered? 
Working hard to change social “norms” so that the next generation doesn’t have to.


Bri Hansen

Interactive Producer

How do you empower women around you?
I empower women around me by making them feel like the only thing that they ever need to be is themselves. Vulnerability is not a flaw- it shows that you are comfortable with who you are.

What female role model has had the biggest impact on your life? Why?
My mom. Moving to a new country, not knowing the language, and raising four children (three of them girls), I imagine was not easy. She supports and trusts every decision I make and is there to help me get back up when I fail.

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We would like to thank all of the women of DI. Happy International Women’s Day.