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40 Under 40 Feature on Heather Turner Loth

In two short years in the workplace studio at Eppstein Uhen Architects Heather Turner Loth has opened new doors to potential business opportunities at more than 30 companies, including several Fortune 100 firms. She’s helped secure work with 20 of the businesses, resulting in more than $500 million in construction, and was named a shareholder in the Milwaukee firm.

In the community, Turner Loth is dedicated to furthering the impact of women leaders, primarily through TEMPO Milwaukee. She has co-chaired TEMPO’s signature leadership event over the last four years, and in 2017 oversaw the addition of 25 new corporate sponsors. She also serves on TEMPO’s Mentor Event planning committee.

Turner Loth serves in other leadership and volunteer roles as well, including with the Milwaukee Forum, Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin and Rotary Club of Milwaukee.

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Hometown: Wellington, Ohio

Education: Bachelor of science degrees, structural engineering, construction management, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Word that best describes you? “Determined”

What was your first job? “I worked in a steel mill in Lorain, Ohio, for two summers during college. My work included going into blast furnaces, inspecting charging buckets, concrete pours in the rotary furnaces and everything else you can imagine during the maintenance period of a mill’s equipment. It was truly a job you’d see on ‘Dirty Jobs’ and some days even a little scary!”

Go-to person when you need help? “My mom”  

Person you would most like to meet? “I would love to re-meet my great-grandparents. I was fortunate to have three of my great-grandparents in my life through high school — however, I’d love to meet them now as an adult and parent.”

Something about you that would surprise people? “I can sing ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ in the Finnish language.”

Who’s your mentor? “I’ve had several mentors, each playing a different role at various times in my career. Some of the best career advice I’ve received early on was to get involved in a mix of industry and community organizations, don’t worry about meeting the masses; focus on making strong personal connections and be sure to follow up after. I believe this helped me develop a strong network (and even life-long friendships) early on that has aided in my success today.”

Your favorite film? I absolutely love the ‘Anne of Green Gable’ movie series. I can relate to Anne’s spunky, spitfire personae and truly enjoy her moments of overcoming challenges or obstacles in her life. I’m pretty sure I have watched this movie over 100 times since I was younger.”

Who would play you in a movie about your life? “Emma Watson. She was a problem-solver in ‘Harry Potter,’ a dreamer and defender of the underdog in ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and a free spirit in ‘Perks of Being a Wildflower’ — she was even a ballerina in ‘Ballet Shoes.’” 

Favorite saying or word? “Done. Send.”

Favorite type of music? “From Enya to The Cranberries to Sarah McLaughlin to Justin Timberlake — I’m on board with all types of music except country.”

Favorite app? MKE Park App 

Favorite form of social media? “I’ve come to really enjoy Twitter for headlines and quick access to articles.”

Best stress release? “Working out either at the gym in the winter or hitting the running paths throughout Muskego in the summer. A massage at the downtown Neroli isn’t too shabby either.”

What do you want to be doing in 10 years? “I’m so grateful for where I’m at today; finding a balance between family life, friends, work life and me. In 10 years, I will still love my work, I hope to still be connecting people and maintaining that balance in life — especially since I’ll be in the teenage years with my kiddos (yikes!).”

Favorite hobby? Photography

What would you tell your teenage self? “To accept every moment, every punch in the gut, every challenge as a learning experience. To never let someone else determine your worth and pay attention to your resiliency.”

If you could give $100,000 to one charity, which would you choose and why?“Anything involving the arts — particularly getting youth involved in dance. I started dance when I was 4. That foundation built my confidence, self awareness and taught me discipline — life skills that have helped me in business as well as my personal life.” 

Describe yourself in a tweet. #Wife #WorkingMom #Daughter #Sister #Friend #PeopleConnector #Engineer #WorkplaceCultureEnthusiast #LoyalToAFault #Determined #LightHearted #SelfAware #Freespirit #Confident

Milwaukee Business Journal

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