Women make up the majority of the more than 80,000 interior designer positions in the industry today, yet only a fraction occupy positions of leadership. Why is that, and what challenges do female designers face in an industry that's still male dominated, especially in the commercial segment? In this episode, Managing Principal Jill Cole of Cole Martinez Curtis & Associates shares her insights and experiences about coming up in the industry and the challenges we all face today, regardless of who you are or where you are in your career. Don't miss the opener in this important series of conversations.
Meet our guest
Jill Cole is the Managing Principal of Cole Martinez Curtis and Associates. She has devoted herself exclusively to hotel, resort, and recreational properties. She has designed a myriad of prestigious projects, from The Arizona Biltmore to the legendary Château de la Crée in Santenay, France. Extraordinary California properties include Canyon Ranch in Woodside, The Bel Air Country Club, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, and LUMA Hotel San Francisco. For her work, Cole has received Gold Key, Designers Circle, and ARDY awards for interior design. Memberships include the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and Hospitality Design‘s Platinum Circle.