Title: industrial designer with the Richmond office of product packaging design company Stephen Gould Corp., a national company specializing in product packaging and point-of-purchase displays

Born: 1991

Education: bachelor of science in industrial design and bachelor of arts in economics, Virginia Tech, 2013

Career: industrial designer, Stephen Gould Corp., 2015-present; product designer, Practichem, August-December 2014; associate industrial designer, MeadWestvaco, August 2013-February 2014; packaging design intern, MeadWestvaco, May-August 2013

In which part of the metro area do you live: Westover Hills

Best business decision: “The best professional decision I have made was to come work at Stephen Gould. I wasn’t sure all of the job changes at the beginning of my résumé would look good, but after four years with the company, I am proud of how I have grown the design program with my colleagues. I now handle design not only for the Richmond office but the Raleigh and Charlotte offices as well.”

Mistake you learned the most from: “I have made my fair share of mistakes. The overarching theme is usually to slow down and take my time on projects. Haste makes waste.”

First job after college: packaging design intern at MeadWestvaco (now WestRock)

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “Right now, I wouldn’t do anything differently. I had a bit of a rough start right out of school, but that was how I met my husband. Now, I have been at Stephen Gould for almost four years, and I love my job. Stephen Gould has given me some great opportunities, and I have grown a lot as designer.”

Book that inspired you the most: “I just read ‘Girl, Wash your Face,’ by Rachel Hollis. It was a fun read and a good reminder to always try to stay positive.”

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: Favorite: math and science; least favorite: history.

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