Sheryl Guglielmo

PBN 40 Under Forty 2023 Awards
Sheryl Guglielmo | 38 | Principal, DiPrete Engineering

What have been the most significant changes in your industry in the last five years? The biggest change has been the shift in work-life balance. COVID-19 reminded the world how much we love to be home with our family and friends. Remote work has replaced stressful travel hours with valuable time where employees choose how to spend it.

What is the best advice you have ever received? If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it. If you do not ask, the answer is always no. If you do not step forward, you are always in the same place.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Mentoring the next generation of leaders in my firm.

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What was your first job? Hostess at Gregg’s Restaurant.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self? Be confident (even if you have to fake it).

What is your greatest attribute that you bring to your job? Positivity and contagious enthusiasm.

What is your favorite Rhode Island food or drink? Calamari and Del’s lemonade.

What led you to pursuing a career in your current industry? I was always very interested in design and construction. When I was a kid, I would draw house and site plans on 8.5-by-11-inch pieces of paper taped together to achieve a larger format. It was not until I began working on the revitalization of Garden City Center in 2012 when I realized how fascinating it was to be part of a construction team.