Last year, Urbis Director Karen Wright sat down with the Property Council to discuss career progression and overcoming challenges through determination and passion. Perth-based Karen is a partner in Urbis’ planning team and co-leads Urbis’ Gender Diversity Working Group.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievements in life?
My greatest achievement by far is raising three balanced, bright and beautiful children who (at the moment) still enjoy spending time with their mum and dad, however, this has been a team effort with lots of family support.
On a professional level, I feel that my achievements have been varied. Being one of the first working mothers to be made a partner is Urbis was a great moment and being recognised by my peers as WA Planner of the Year in 2015 was a significant highlight.
What are the greatest challenges you have had to overcome in your career to date?
It would be that period when the kids are young and a couple of them get sick, throw bouts of morning sickness in at various intervals. You have responsibilities to fulfil at work and equally, you want to be there for your family…. and every second week you think, this is way too hard I’m going to resign today.
So my greatest challenge to overcome was hanging in there, don’t quit, with a lot of hard work you can come out the other side and realise that you have gone from having a career to a job when the kids are born, and then back to having a career again!