Member Spotlight – Sharon Henderson

July 29, 2019
Written by: CREW-St. Louis
Sharon Henderson, Associate Principal, oversees Lawrence Group’s workplace interior design studio. She’s been with Lawrence Group since 1999 and has more than 32 years of project management experience and has designed and programmed more than three million square feet of corporate space. Representative clients include Maritz, Stifel, Scottrade, Centene, Ralcorp, XTRA Lease and Paric Corp. Sharon received her bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture from Kansas State University and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. She is the co-author of the article “Leading Positive Corporate Cultural and Design Change” published in Facilities Management Journal and has presented on “The Science of Workplace” at the International Facility Management Association’s (IFMA) Fusion Conference. She serves as an advisory board member for CREW-St. Louis, Safe Connections board member, IFMA member and Programs Committee member, and cofounder of the Land of Goshen Community Market and Goshen Market Foundation in Edwardsville, Illinois. Sharon is a shareholder of Lawrence Group.

Member Spotlight - Q&A with Sharon Henderson


Sharon Henderson
Associate Principal
Lawrence Group


 
Q:     When did you decide to get into the commercial real estate industry? Was it always your focus?
 
A:   I was always drawing floor plans of spaces when I was in high school. A friend of mine and I had an ongoing “mansion plan” that we constantly updated to include whatever latest whim that came to mind. I was also a “secretary” for my high school counselor. In order to get an “A” in his class, we had to have specific college plans. In those days, the internet didn’t exist. He had a five-foot high vertical file with all possible academic majors available. I went through every single option in that drawer and confirmed that interior architecture was what I wanted to pursue.
 
Q:   What are some of the things you love about your job?
 
A:   I really like helping clients meet their organizations’ space needs and watching the “ah ha” moment when they truly understand how a space can impact the bottom line in their business through employee satisfaction, recruitment and productivity.
 
Q:   What is your CREW-St. Louis origin? When did you join? Why did you become a member?
 
A:   In 2014, Linda Loewenstein suggested I join CREW along with Stacey Hudson talking to me about it on a regular basis. I submitted my application and was taken out to lunch by Sue Pruchnicki for my welcome. She and Stacey had conspired and agreed to make sure I joined the programming committee of which they were both longtime members. It is very true that you get out of an organization what you put into it and they helped me dive into the deep end. I have enjoyed it ever since!
 
Q:   What was the first CREW event you attended and what were your impressions?
 
A:   The first CREW event I attended was as a volunteer for the golf tournament. Before she retired, Linda Loewenstein asked me to help for the event. At the time I didn’t know anything about CREW. I was just helping where I was asked to help. I ended up working the longest drive hole by myself as I think someone was sick that day. I thought this was going to be a really quiet day, but no! I was able to talk with everyone that came through and was pleasantly surprised how friendly everyone was! I was hooked!
 
Q:   Please name a few of the projects you’ve been involved in, specifically in the St. Louis area that you are proud of. 
 
A:   I would say that 90 percent of my career has been in workplace design. For the last several years, I have been able to develop wonderful relationships with several different companies’ facilities staff in the St. Louis area. I really enjoy becoming a part of their teams. In addition to ongoing facilities work, lately I’ve been able to work with Capes Sokol on their new relocation. Over the years I have also had the opportunity to work on multifamily projects. I do love these as a change of pace every once in a while. 
 
Q:   What other associations or volunteer activities are you involved with?
 
A:     My husband and I started The Land of Goshen Community Market in Edwardsville in 1997. I am still President of the market and we are both still very involved. In recent years, we have been able to create a 501(c)(3) umbrella organization called Goshen Market Foundation under which, along with the market, we have helped create a market on wheels we call the Beet Box that goes to food deserts in Madison County. We have started farm-to-school programs where we help schools create their own garden and curriculum to teach children about growing and eating the food they grow. There are several other programs included. Please go check our web sites: goshenmarket.org or goshenmarketfoundation.org.

I have recently joined the board of Safe Connections in St. Louis. Monica Conners encouraged me to apply and am excited to do what I can do to help the important work of this organization. For more information please visit safeconnections.org.

I am also on the programs committee for the local chapter of IFMA. I’m also a member of the St. Louis chapter’s IFMA WE (Workplace Evolutionaries).
 
Q:     What else would you like your fellow CREW-St. Louis members to know about you?
 
A:      If I didn’t work in the CRE industry I would be TRYING to make a living with my fiber art. Many years ago, instead of an engagement ring, I received a loom that weaves 45-inch wide fabric that I consider my engagement object.