Hilda Espinal is one of four women leaders the AIA asked to share advice for achieving career fulfillment and contributing to a more equitable and inclusive profession as part of a recent article. The full article can be read online, here is Hilda’s excerpt.
Take risks and pursue your passion
Hilda Espinal, AIA, chief technology officer at CannonDesign, realized that without technology, architecture could not evolve; that mere thought fueled her to develop a career in technology supporting architectural projects. Finding the right path can seem impossible when trying to complete goals at work. Espinal thinks it’s critical to take risks and not discount your own accomplishments when trying to find your place. “Take pride in your achievements and never let others get you down, she states. She believes that speaking up is equally important in achieving pay equity as it is in obtaining new opportunities. “Ask for what you want,” Espinal says. “Go for that raise and know your value.”