You can’t help but want to be like Teresa Spafford.
She has an ability to see the bigger picture. To connect the dots. To listen to two drummers in completely different genres and hear music. She makes you want to dance. She’s a rockstar.
Hailing from a land down under, Spafford moved to tiny Provo Utah to study industrial design. After graduation she sought a career in automotive design with laser like focus. Teresa’s design philosophy was to see the whole car. Not merely the interior, or the exterior. But the whole car. The driver. The driver’s family. The composition of the road that car would eventually be driven.
Teresa Spafford is the big picture.
Her design aesthetic, technical knowledge, and tenacity proved an intoxicating cocktail. She not only survived in an industry traditionally dominated by men, she thrived. She also gave back, ensuring that she promoted other women in her capacity as the only female designer on staff at Mazda in California.
Her message of design integrity and professional feminism are just a sliver of the reason we are elated to welcome Teresa Spafford as Camp Athena’s Role Model speaker.
Read on to learn more about Teresa and how she is helping to advance the bright futures of our Athenians.
Images courtesy of Mazda USA
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