Receptionist • International Women's Day 2021

Tina Royster

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It’s a day to look back at the achievements of all women in all walks of life and to celebrate the future generation of strong young women.

What woman inspires you and why?

My mother is my inspiration. Through adversity, she moved herself from Richmond to Boston. She raised 2 daughters alone, worked full-time and attended part-time classes to make sure we had food on the table, a roof over our heads, and clothes on our back.

What highlights and challenges have you faced in your career?

After leaving Boston, it was difficult to find work here in San Diego, but I once started working at NewSchool I knew I was in the right place for me.

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

I am a member of the San Diego Women’s Chorus and am on the Inclusion and Culture Committee.

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

I think women have an opportunity to lift up the next generation of young women in the STEM fields. Mentoring them can help them go further in their careers.

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

Keep in touch with all of the connections you make throughout your life; including the bad ones.

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?

The STEM fields have for far too long been dominated by men. We need to have divergent voices in these careers.

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

Stay in the Coast Guard a little longer. Four years are not enough time to get an idea of what you want to do in your life.

What has you most excited about the future?

Being around to see the human race make a home among the stars.

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

Don’t be afraid to find mentors and look outside of your career field. Everyone’s journey is unique and valuable.

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