Written by Ghadeer Mansour –
ULI Members filled Blue Hill Tavern overlooking the city for the 4th Women’s Leadership Initiative Dinner Speaker Series hosted by ULI Baltimore. Cathie Bryant, Janet Meyer, and Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire are three women in the professions of architecture and real estate development. They reflected on their journeys thus far in a panel discussion moderated by Ann Tyler of BCT Architects.
The women shared their definitions of success and their means of navigating career transitions. They drew on their experiences ranging from corporate leadership to entrepreneurship in a multi-generation family business. Marjorie, Janet, and Cathie shed light on the obstacles and barriers they faced. Guests gleaned from their stories of the glass ceiling, the art of negotiating as a woman, and the confidence that stems from being the most prepared person in a room. The distinguished speakers echoed that women in the industry can expect to be surprised by who will help open career doors, and urged young professionals to seek mentors, coaches, and sponsors.
In balancing work and life, each panelist juggles different roles while making time for that which invigorates her. Their wisdom is to follow instincts, to articulate mistakes for the opportunity to solve them, and to be the best at whatever you do. Some career moves are linear while others are zig-zagged, ultimately to prove that every path to becoming an expert is valid. The room was inspired to build Baltimore, business cards were exchanged, and discussions continued post-panel.