Field Representative • International Women's Day 2021

Michele Christopher

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

A special day to celebrate, honor, and empower all women around the world!

What woman inspires you and why?

So, so many…but my first and foremost is my mom who forged her way as a single mother, scholar, and professional, all during a time when society heavily frowned upon female independence. My mom made her own decisions, learned from her mistakes, achieved many personal successes, and never let anything stand in the way of her dreams. Like us all, she is not perfect, yet she is…

What highlights and challenges have you faced in your career?

I would like to use this space to honor Anita Hill who, in 1991, brought to life the notion that being sexually harassed in the workplace is not acceptable. Her brave, heroic, and monumental act kick-started a slow-yet-positive evolution toward better standards of human behavior.

What’s something interesting you’re currently working on? Personal or professional.

Professionally, it is my goal to make sure every person in San Diego knows about the benefits of studying at NewSchool of Architecture & Design !!! This journey is taking me on all kinds of adventures, including building meaningful human relationships, listening and learning from others, as well as researching new marketing and education trends.

What do you believe will be the biggest challenge for the next generation of female architects, designers, and construction managers?

I believe we humans are constantly evolving, and equality for all is still a work in progress. We have made many strides in my lifetime, and the challenge is to keep the vision moving forward, with love.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career to date?

Most important – ONGOING – lesson to me is effective communication.

Why should women and girls pursue a career in the architecture, design, or construction management industry? Why is it important to encourage women and girls?

Don’t let outdated stereotypes dictate your life choices. Explore your passions and follow your heart!

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Don’t buy that used Datsun B210…it’s a lemon.

What has you most excited about the future?

Right now I am celebrating 10 years as a professional in the field of education! It is my honor to be a part of people’s pursuit of education, growth, and life-expansion. I am excited that I still have so much room for growth, and enjoy the challenge and fun of meeting new people.

On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?

Design a vision for yourself, take baby steps to achieve it, enjoy the journey, eat from the buffet of life!!!!

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