When Deborah Sawyer moved to Chicago 25 years ago, she was determined to start a business that had almost no peers: an engineering firm owned and operated by an African American woman.
Ms. Sawyer’s Environmental Design International Inc. would eventually cut paths through male-dominated fields in civil and environmental engineering, construction inspections and land surveying. The small firm gained recognition from a series of high-profile jobs in Chicago. But even after years of experience, Ms. Sawyer lamented that clients still raised doubts about the firm’s abilities and her own qualifications. Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.