Life in Balance: Coffee, Camaraderie Bring Peace for Erin Valentine

By on March 22, 2019

From St. Louis Business Journal:  Erin Valentine never expected to go into construction. Nonetheless, Valentine began building her career in her hometown of St. Louis and soon found herself at the $3.7 billion McCarthy Building Cos. She has been at the company for more than 15 years and now works as director of business development. The work she does can be equal parts challenging and rewarding, but she finds moments of relief through the support of other women in the industry and by spending time with family.

How do you cope with a stressful job?  De-stressing is obviously a challenge. I’ve developed a pretty structured routine. The first thing in the morning, my alarm goes off. I don’t know why, but it’s set for 4:11 a.m., unless I have to get up earlier. I’ve also found spending time with other professional women, especially as I’ve gotten older, is important. I’ve been able to develop some really good bonds and friendships and relationships with women who are in similar roles or similar organizations. And certainly last but not least, spending time with my family is always helpful to help me de-stress.

What does having the support of other professional women mean to you?  Some of it is awareness that you’re not alone in this. For me, that’s been a transformation in the last 10 years. I’ve had those realizations and those “A-ha moments.” I had a proud moment in the office the other day. There was a project team that was in one of our glass conference rooms, and I walk by, and every person in the room except for one is a female. You would not have seen that 10 years ago and it’s super exciting for me, and a positive sign of where we can go with effort.

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