Episode 003 – Deryl McKissack, CEO and President, McKissack & McKissack
Deryl McKissack shares a candid conversation on her history and success. She sheds light on how family legacy, a desire to fight for equity in a white and male-dominated industry, and building bridges led to the rise of one of the nation’s top architectural firms!
:22-Intro to Deryl
4:13-Early career experiences and what they meant for larger decisions.
10:00-Racial biases in early career stages from Deryl
12:18-What was the first big break for Deryl?
17:25-Chicago landscape and what role the city plays for Deryl
19:09-Deryl discusses trajectory of local Chicago projects
21:24-What makes Chicago great for doing business and what makes it a challenge?
23:40-Discussion about the racial gaps in moving toward equity in Chicago
26:10-Discussion of stakeholder and project management
28:32-Purpose in leadership
31:23-What would you have changed as you scaled your business up?
32:04-Discussion of the importance of diversity through mentors
33:55-Giving all members of the team a seat at the table to come up with possible solutions to problems.
42:53-Opportunity to shift the architecture industry
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