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 Jillian Marvill

Jillian Marvill

Interior Designer, NCIDQ

In your opinion, what is the meaning of women’s empowerment?

Creating a safe environment for women of all races, religions, and orientations to be able to make their own decisions in all aspects of their lives.

What words of advice would you share with young women in their professional journeys?

To give yourself grace. We work in a field where so much of the knowledge you need to be successful comes from doing the work and gaining experience – that can only come with time. It is important to remember that, even though you don’t know everything now and may make mistakes, expertise and success will come dedictation. Do not doubt yourself while you are still begininng your journey.

Julie Magyar

Julie Magyar

Project Coordinator

Zoe Bullock

Zoe Bullock

Interior Designer

How do you handle work-life balance?

Prioritizing the things you love outside of work is vital to your success and overall wellbeing! You weren’t created to be drained by your job. A few years ago, one of my friends asked me, “Are you doing too much? Or are you not doing enough of the things you love?” While it can seem a bit counter-intuitive, reflecting on this question has helped me to prioritize time doing things that fill my cup. This doesn’t necessarily mean doing more overall, but learning to set boundaries and say no to unnecessary things so that I have margin for things that are lifegiving. Practically, these are some daily rhythms that have also helped me thrive: time in the sun (especially in the morning!), movement, drinking water, prioritizing rest and sleep, and nourishing my body.

Can you recall a time when you had imposter syndrome? How did you handle it?

Entering the AEC industry, especially early on, can be intimidating. There were definitely times when I felt like I wasn’t qualified enough or experienced enough to be there, especially surrounded by so many talented individuals.
Here are a few things that helped me overcome those feelings:

    • Focusing on learning and growth: I shifted my mindset from needing to know everything, to embracing the opportunity to learn and grow constantly.
    • Seeking support: I built a network of mentors and colleagues, both within and outside my company, who I could turn to for advice and encouragement.
    • Celebrating small wins: Acknowledging and celebrating my accomplishments, big or small, helped me build confidence in my abilities.

It’s important to remember that imposter syndrome is incredibly common, especially in male-dominated fields like AEC. By acknowledging it, seeking support, and focusing on growth, you can overcome these feelings and build a fulfilling career.

Jessica Dziob

Jessica Dziob

Business Development Manager

Kyla Ellis

Kyla Ellis

Interior Designer

Do you have a female role model / mentor? How have they impacted your life?

I have two female mentors at PZD that have been so amazing during my time here. Julie Nelligan and Signe Powers have been amazing role models in the industry. I started at PZD straight out of college and they have really strived to be there to support me and educate me on all of the ins and outs of being an Interior Designer. I am very thankful for both of them and how much they have helped me grow over the years!

What are some key skills or qualities that women can cultivate to enhance their leadership capabilities?

Historically leadership skills were usually associated with qualities that are primarily associated as “Masculine” traits; Confidence, Assertiveness, Independence. Although I agree that its important to possesses some aspect of these “masculine” traits for women to enhance their leadership capabilities, I have actually found that embracing “feminine” strengths and leveraging them to provide a different perspective has been significantly empowering. Loyalty for relationship building, Intuition to gauge a clients needs or an end uses experience within a proposed space, Collaboration to bring a team together. Additionally, Motherhood brings another level of skills that enhance a women’s ability for mulit-tasking, prioritization, and delegation. Women as essential in leadership positions.

Julie Nelligan

Julie Nelligan

Associate + Senior Interior Designer

Emily Lampert

Emily Lampert

Project Architect, AIA

What advice would you give to women who aspire to enter male-dominated fields or industries?

Be confident and believe in yourself! Knowledge and expertise will come with time but you need to wholeheartedly understand that you have every right to be in this field, because you do.  Develop thick skin! Unfortunately, you will encounter people who doubt and underestimate you. Just let it roll right off. Support other women! As you progress in your education/career, support each other. We’re all on the same side fighting for the same thing: equality in AEC.

How do you stay informed about advancements in your industry and ensure continuous professional development?

I stay informed through local networking groups like CREW CT, IIDA, CoreNET, and PWC who offer informative topics of discussion, CEUs and networking opportunities with other women in our industry.

Jillian Gibbs

Jillian Gibbs

Associate + Senior Interior Designer

Massachusetts

35 Pond Park Rd. Bay 16
Hingham, MA 02043
781-452-7121

Connecticut

8 Wilcox St.
Simsbury, CT 06070
860-264-1624

North Carolina

128 Towerview Ct.
Cary, NC 27513
919-800-0997