3 things to know:
1. Before opening her civil engineering firm in April, Guillory had always dreamt of owning a company, building a career with both private industry and public sector experience (as a civil engineer at CDM Smith in Baton Rouge and an engineering supervisor at the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, respectively).
2. She wants to dispel any misconception that Sustainable Design Solutions exclusively deals with green infrastructure; for Guillory, “sustainable” means taking into account a client’s budget and existing resources in order to give them a project that lasts.
3. One leadership skill she’s learned the hard way: A strong leader is a patient leader—and the best ones know how to calmly navigate whichever clients, stakeholders or funding sources might be holding up a process.
“Almost every ounce of free time I get is spent with my husband (David) and my sons (David Ryan, 4, and Matthew, 3).”
“I have one on my phone—it’s the first thing I check once my alarm goes off in the morning so that nothing falls through the cracks.”
“Up until I was 18, I always wanted to be an astronaut and the first person to visit Mars. Science and space are still things that interest me.”
Dinner for two
“On a date night, I enjoy the atmosphere at Fleming’s, as well as the ribeye and snow crab legs.”
“When I do listen to music, I’m generally in the car with my two boys and listening to a soundtrack from a movie they’ve seen. Some all-time favorites are The Greatest Showman and Despicable Me.”