Erika Fitzgibbon has spent the last 20 years as career coach, advisor and counselor, focusing on professional development and advancement in a perse set of industries. While with the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Fitzgibbon developed, launched, and managed the College’s first comprehensive career development programming, cultivating institutional relationships with some of the world’s most elite architecture firms including Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLC, HOK, Perkins + Will, Gensler, CannonDesign, and more.
Fitzgibbon’s work with the faculty and staff helped to elevate the College’s national ranking in Design Intelligence Magazine. Most recently, Fitzgibbon has shifted her focus on working with transitioning undergraduates in their early years, and has a special interest in working with first-generation students. Prior to WashU, Fitzgibbon has worked at a number of government agencies and public education institutions in a similar capacity, running large grant programs and teaching career workshops within underserved communities.
In addition to her work as a career coach, Fitzgibbon is an accomplished, award-winning portrait photographer. Fitzgibbon’s work has been recognized nationally in “American Baby” magazine and has won various industry awards, including the SEEN competition for three consecutive years.
A mother of two active girls, Fitzgibbon evolved her coaching and photography practices to focus on what she calls “empowerment career coaching & photography” – work that aims at improving self-esteem and body confidence, with the ultimate goal of helping to move women ahead in their careers and lives, while challenging current perceptions of beauty, and contributing to the overall health, success and equality of girls and women.