Lucy Dearborn Featured in Lighting & Decor Magazine

Nicole Bowling, Editor-in-Chief of Lighting & Design Magazine sat down with Lucy Dearborn to discuss career, family and being a leading woman in the industry. 

Read the story here as published in the April 2017 issue:

Boston Design Week is happening right now, and as a new resident, I was excited to participate and get a taste for the design resources in this city.

I attended a panel discussion on Tuesday night called “Women at the Top,” where five women who own companies in the design and building industries discussed their paths to successfully navigating Boston’s design scene.

President of lucía lighting + design Lucy Dearborn, whom many of you know, was one of the panelists, joined by Alisha and Niki Serras, owners of Scavolini Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington D.C.; Sarah Lawson, President of S+H Construction; and Gail O’Rourke, Founder and President of White Wood Kitchens.

There was discussion about the realities of being the boss, taking risks and balancing career with family, which, as a woman in this industry, I certainly found valuable. At the end of the session, the panelists talked about working with business coaches. Several of them currently participate in regular executive coaching and touted its benefits — anywhere from helping with clarity in making decisions, to help with management and financials.

As Lucy said, it’s valuable for her to have a sounding board, as running a business is a completely different ball game than just selling the right lighting fixture to a customer. “My coach helps me steer the boat. There’s a difference between working on your business instead of in your business.” As a leader, the former is imperative.

Taking it one step further, Lucy brought her business coach into her showroom to work with lucía staff members individually. The coach helped them develop exit strategies, as many of them are getting near retirement age, among other things. One of Lucy’s employees was in the audience and commented that this opportunity was extremely helpful for all of them.

How many of you work, or have worked, with a business coach? I’d love to hear your stories.

And before you go, some kitchen and bath product inspo is below.

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