Patricia Watts Opitz
Prinicpal at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
What advice would you give to a young woman starting her career?
Stop asking, stop waiting and speak up. Your voice and viewpoint are vital and what you bring to the table is important. If you focus on your work and not your gender, everyone else in the meeting will do the same.
How do you balance your work with your personal life?
My profession is demanding, and my mom guilt runs deep sometimes. However, I’m also married to an architect, and he is my biggest cheerleader. We share all household responsibilities and split time at work. It’s hard, but we make it work with support from our family and friends.
How do YOU hope to be remembered?
As a hard worker, a good mother, a loving wife, a compassionate leader and a badass girl-boss. Can I say that?