Women of Distinction 2019: Kristin Dufek & Heather Turner Loth

It is Milwaukee Magazine’s pleasure to introduce this special section featuring female business owners, financial and spiritual leaders, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and all-around glass-ceiling breakers!

Since joining Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) in 2002, Kristin Dufek has been a part of its growth from 90 people in one office to 230 across three locations. “Our team is the best and brightest we’ve ever had, and I feel fortunate to work with such excellent talent, including so many I consider ‘Women of Distinction.’ Our focus is to have an empowering culture that supports growth for all,” says Dufek.

Heather Turner Loth echoes Dufek’s thoughts on culture: “Midcareer, I realized culture was extremely important to me. Culture trumped the paycheck, culture trumped the title,” she says. “As a working mother with an entrepreneurial spirit, fi nding myself in the right culture has provided personal balance and growth opportunities far beyond my expectations.”

“I enjoy challenging people to both see and realize their own potential.” – Kristin Dufek, Vice President, Eppstein Uhen Architects

“Company culture can have the power to elevate. It can foster belonging, enhance growth and provide an opportunity to soar.” – Heather Turner Loth, Workplace Strategy Leader, Eppstein Uhen Architects

Q&A With Krisin Dufek & Heather Turner Loth

How are you a force within your community?

Dufek: “Whether it is working with nonprofit boards or supporting local philanthropic efforts, my efforts always come back to my priority of positively influencing and improving this community, given that I am very proud to call Milwaukee my home.”

Turner Loth: “I believe in standing behind my word and doing good by people. By living that philosophy and leveraging my network, it has helped me positively impact and elevate others.”

What is your life purpose?

Dufek: “I’m many things in my life: a mentor, leader, community ambassador, friend, wife and mother. But my core life purpose is raise my two daughters to be wonderful humans who seek their own path to positively contribute to this world.”

Turner Loth: “To bring an extra spark of energy or smile to each day to make a positive impact on others. Every night, I ask my kids, ‘What was the best thing about today?’ I believe in finding something good, celebrating that moment and being grateful.”

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.