2019 Winner: Karen Rugh ‘99
After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Karen attended Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in Civil Engineering and minored in art. Upon graduation, she moved to Chicago, a city known for its architecture, and has worked in the construction field ever since. Since 2007 she has worked at Novak Construction, a nationally recognized general contractor, where, in 2018, she became the company’s first female Project Director. Perhaps not surprisingly for a Bryn Mawr girl, Karen is described as having a “take care of business” approach which has served her well throughout her career.
Throughout her career, Karen has aimed to fulfill the Bryn Mawr calling to “lead a considered and consequential life,” and she continues to do so in her directorial role at Novak. As she tells it, “Bryn Mawr taught me to ask questions, work hard, and deliver real results. I attribute my success in large part to the confidence and work ethic that Bryn Mawr instilled in us all as young women.”