Nicole answered a few questions herself in response to receiving the award:
WHAT DOES THE ICS AWARD REPRESENT TO YOU?
“Doing the right thing for your team and your client, both when it’s easy and when it’s difficult.”
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WINNING THE AWARD, AND TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE IT?
“I feel honored and humbled to be chosen from such a great group of nominees — we truly are an amazing firm! I attribute daily gratitude, a daring and steadfast team, a nightly kalimotxo, and the love of my family — because Bryan, Kaleigh, Sage, and Archer truly are everything — to having the fortitude to do something as hard as going from zero to 100 mph. I attribute winning this award to having skill and opportunity meet each other. I was given trust, mentorship, and an opportunity to lead an incredible group of colleagues to build one hell of a design program. Behind everyone is a drive to help the client achieve their next iteration of store design quickly, to react to market changes.
The team I get to help lead is comprised of nimble, quick designers, able to juggle a lot of different projects, due dates, and design elements at the same time, all while cracking a joke and having a life outside of work. Did I mention the ability to cope with constant change? Empowerment: I am empowered to do what needs to be done, to seek answers, and to assist others. I hope I am building that environment every day. A big thank you to Rob Arthur and our leadership for empowerment! I absolutely love the people I work with — thank you to each and every one of them. A special shout out to Rae Tennant, Carolyn Berman, Freddie Dickinson, Mike Amestoy, Troy Kinkade, Matt Hays, Mark Schaff, and our IT Department. And we miss our dear friend Mike Leavitt every day.
The Target team and our Retail group are amazing — hardworking, super-talented, fun, individualistic professionals. I also have to give thanks to the women I work with in Boise and throughout CTA. It is so important to see other women successful in this industry. Thank you to the strong women of this firm.”
YOU’RE ON THE SELECTION COMMITTEE NOW. WHAT WILL YOU LOOK FOR IN NEXT YEAR’S WINNER?
“Bad-assery. It comes in all shapes and sizes. I am excited to be inspired by next year’s winner and nominees!”