Do your best work, speak up and make sure your voice is heard

What was your most notable project, deal or transaction in 2015?

My team completed a multi-million dollar remediation of a portion of an industrial site in New Jersey, part of it will be redeveloped by the long term owner/operator.

How do you contribute to your company and/or the industry?

I provide statutory and regulatory insight and guidance on redevelopment requirements including incentives for the clients of GEI Consultants (geiconsultants.com). GEI is a leading consulting engineering firm providing innovative solutions to complex geo-technical, environmental, ecological and water resources challenges.

What has been the strongest influence on your career?

I am in my second career; I was a New Jersey government manager in the the environmental department before joining GEI Consultants. My education was multi-disciplinary, which served me well working with multiple stakeholders in complex negotiations and in public dialogue under extreme conditions.

What impact has social media/networking had on your business?

Networking is crucial and I am very dedicated to including networking opportunities when I serve as a mentor. I manage several multi-stakeholder association focused on property cleanup and economic redevelopment who provide continuing education and networking opportunities.

Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in, about your current position and why you choose the field/profession you are in today.

I began my environmental career regarding real estate in 1981: started with site selection for industrial sites, then moved into cleanups needed for/during redevelopment, then into remediation consulting, including policy and incentives.

What qualities and/or personality traits make you most successful?

I’m well educated, bright and have a solid work ethic; I like people and solving problems and have a decent sense of humor; and I am cynical, which helps.

Tell us about your family. My husband and I enjoy travel and blog at Leftatthefork.net about unique regional American foods; my brothers and their families and my husband and I are very close and supported one another during the health care of our parents. And, we are all devoted to the newest generation of the family.

What is the funniest, most unique situation you have faced/conquered during your business career?

I was hung in effigy on the side of route 195 East near the Great Adventure Amusement Park exit when I was working for the State of NJ to site a hazardous waste incinerator.

What activities do you enjoy during you free time?

Travel, tennis and swimming.

What word of advice would you give to a woman about to go into your allied field?

Do your best work; speak up and make sure your voice is heard and you receive credit for your ideas; go on the public speaking circuit; and read the sports pages so you know what 90% of the people in your office are talking about. 

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