Women in Business: Erica Godun
Why did you choose the field/profession you are in today? I was in the art program in my high school and when it was time to apply to colleges, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I asked my art teacher if he had any suggestions and he said, “Well, you’re good at art and you’re good at math. Why don’t you try architecture?”. So I did, and here I am. What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2018? I’m very passionate about wellness in the workplace and sustainable design. I recently completed a café and outdoor patio for L’Oréal, which is a sustainable and wellness-focused company. The space includes healthy and delicious food options, a variety of seating options, inspiring artwork and fire pits and heat lamps outside to extend the usable months. It’s an inviting space that pulls people out of their typical environment. How do you manage the work/life balance? I have a 12-year-old daughter. I’m fortunate to have a partner who shares all the home and child care duties and friends to fill in when things pop up at the last minute. It doesn’t always go smoothly, and there’s nothing to compare to the reproachful look my daughter perfected when she was the last one picked up from the after school program but having those supportive people in my life has made all the difference.