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The Geophysicist & The Architect: Kelsey Kidd & Sarah Boedeker

The Geophysicist & The Architect: Kelsey Kidd & Sarah Boedeker

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Interview by Lindsay Graham @lindsaylouise_

Photography by John Farris @jfxphoto

Kelsey Kidd @kelseyleighkidd

Sarah Boedeker @sarahboedeker

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Who runs the world?

GIRLS.

    Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down at Ste. Ellie with two women who are not only badass and incredibly professionally successful, but also use that success and fortitude to create a strong personal life as well. So what makes a successful woman? Well, I’ll tell you this, when I contacted Sarah & Kelsey to ask if I could pick their brains on their careers & life, they both acted like I was insane.

Sarah actually said, “I’m not sure what makes me special? I should be interviewing you!”

    Which brings me to my first point. A successful woman is not only strong, self-sufficient, demanding of respect... but she is also humble. I went into this interview with many assumptions of how it would go. In my mind it was something like “I had to jump through these hoops, beat out this man, and step on every set of balls I could find to get where I am”. To my surprise, the conversation didn’t go that way at all.

    Sarah Boedeker is a licensed architect that works for a consulting engineer firm. She majored in Architecture with a 5 year masters at the University of Kansas and has been kicking architecture ass after since.

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    Kelsey Kidd is a Geophysicist that majored in Geology at the Western Kentucky University. She now owns a seismic processing company with two co-workers from a past job. Unsure what seismic processing is? I was too. In laymen’s terms, (I asked her to make it as easy as possible) seismic processing companies give their clients a cross section of the earth, thousands of feet down. With this, you can see different layers of the earth/rock and this helps oil and gas companies mitigate risk (I won’t go deeper into this because honestly, I don’t fully understand it).

    As an English major with a passion for creative writing, I couldn’t stop thinking about the 17 or 18-year-old equivalent of these women sitting in front of me. Listening to them, I tried to picture myself at that age, getting my acceptance letter to college and saying “I’m going to be a Geologist” or “This five-year-masters program in Architecture is right up my alley”—and there’s just no way. (Side note: I failed Statistics, twice.)

Sarah laughed at this and looked at me with her signature side-smile and said “Wanna hear the real story?”

    “When I was about 16, I was playing in my backyard pool with my sisters and I started telling them about the house and what we could do to it. Not only that, I thought about what would happen to the ground if we added on, what would need to be leveled, etc. My dad was doing yard work and overheard and by the time I went inside, there were applications for the top 10 architecture schools in the country on the table.”

The power of family.

We shared more stories of how upbringings affected the career choices of these two women, (Kelsey’s mom led her to Geology) and I also learned that Sarah has always looked up to her older sisters as role models. Both are successful women & mother’s- and it is their drive that keeps her working hard every day.

...And the power of community.

Kelsey, being the ever-busy wonder woman that she is, helps to plan events for a Women in Energy group in Denver (hello, girl gang!) and looks up to fellow Geologist, Liz Catlos, for inspiration to lead and keep women in her industry working together and supporting each other.

“Liz is paving the way for female Geologists. She is a mineralogist and has really made a name for herself. I look up to her as a leader and an inspiration for who I want to become.”

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    From narratives of childhood experiences to adult inspirations, there was an overwhelming theme among these two incredible women: strength. Whether it be the strength to take on extra unpaid work to get themselves in the field, or strength to overcome adversities, hardworking women are SO strong and unstoppable. I’m so proud to know Sarah & Kelsey and all the other strong women in my life. Let us all join together and lift each other up--never push each other down!

    We run this motha!

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Interview by Lindsay Graham @lindsaylouise_

Photography by John Farris @jfxphoto

Kelsey Kidd @kelseyleighkidd

Sarah Boedeker @sarahboedeker

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