BWA Brunch pt 2

Flickr photo by Christine H
Flickr by Christine H

It started with coffee…

…and Rosa Sheng’s Missing 32 percent’s EQxD blog series.

A few months ago, I wrote a guest blog for the Missing 32 percent’s about bias and prejudice and if it should limit your dreams. I was fortunate to connect with one of the authors, Katherine Williams. Her story, “Be Willing to Listen” was incredibly real and so relatable.

When I discovered we were in the same area, I thought, we have to meet for coffee. That led to BWA brunch where I was thrilled to meet so many other women in the field. It helps to know that your experience mirrors someone else’s, to hear so many relatable stories. It’s encouraging and so inspiring see so many licensed architects, experienced project managers, talented interior designers and business owners.

For a moment, I had memory recall of when I decided this was it, this is what I want to do and there was no one that looked like me, fast forward to this moment and there is a room full of women that look like me. Considering for a moment, our journey through history, what we weren’t allowed to do, to learn, to be, and to pause for a moment and see this, brings to mind the words of Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This was that day where I felt, this is amazing, this is revolutionary, this is the redefinition of what architecture should be.

By LaShae Ferguson

Read Part 1 and about the day of the Brunch in the next post, Part 3.