The Woman Who Chooses Happiness By Carrie Gerstenberger 9.26.16 9.28.16
Heather E. Lowe is a visionary whose career trajectory has taken left turns every step of the way. Her bold, creative and intellectual mind allowed her to wear a multitude of hats throughout her life.
This morning she entered into the Experience Studio in the interior architecture department, brimming with happiness and excitement to be at Cornish. Excited and mindfully present, she set a shoe box atop a drawing table, scanning the room of curious, smiling students. As she began casually presenting she enthusiastically began with how she earned her degree in interior design and landed her first job as the receptionist at the infamous Angelo Donghia interior design studio. During the story of her career she carefully peeled back the tape from the box extracting a heavy, oblong object wrapped in a dish towel. Gingerly, she exposed an average-looking, charcoal gray rock a little larger than her hand. “You guys are visual learners, so I brought this with me.” Motioning to the ordinary rock she continued. “You have a choice in your career. “You can be ordinary and blend-in like this rock’s façade …” turning the rock in her hand she exposed the inside. Vibrant, real amethyst crystals glittered back. “Or you can use your unique talents to be extraordinary, shining like a gem in the world .” Heather’s path is inspirational. She worked for famous interior designers and then moved into consumer product marketing eventually rising through the ranks to be a Fortune 500 marketing/brand executive for Revlon and Nordstrom and creating two creative-driven businesses of her own.
Her passionate stories uplifted the class as they hung onto every word. With a sip of water she concluded her stories an hour later, leaving behind her wisdom: “Be exceptional. Be awake in the world. Be present. Listen and experienceeverydayreality: Now. So many people plug-in and miss the best part surrounding them. The most important personal connection of your life could be standing next to you, don’t miss it.