Women Across HOK | Megan Holder

megan01Megan Holder is my cohort.  That’s right. We have a gang

Okay, so it’s not quite a gang, but we do have long phone conversations and plans to take over the world. (Wow, guess I’m a little prone to exaggeration…) 

Megan is the life of every situation – her love for life just bubbles out without her even knowing.  She has been with the HOK Planning Group for five years.  She resides in the Atlanta office, where she is constantly being recruited for extra-curricular-work-activities, but is a Texas girl at heart. 

There are so many great things about Megan (including the fact that her traditionally-stoic work photo features some outrageously large earrings) but there’s one thing she just can’t get the hang of – answering only 5 questions!  Stay tuned for SIX questions with Megan Holder and ENJOY!


Q: What do co-workers say about you?

That I’m short, have a weird sneeze, and am crazy. (Crazy in the good way… at least that is what I tell myself.)


Q. When are you most satisfied in your job?

When a client sees their own project in a new light based on the research, innovation, and design our team has delivered.  A stand out project for me, in this regard, is one in Veraguas, Panama. The project is a gift from a doctor to his country. This was a new experience for him with a high learning curve. Being able to help bring his dream to life was extremely rewarding. I look forward to future phases of this project, and how it will bring opportunity to new areas of Panama.


Q:  If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

Freezing time. Then I could get everything done, and have time to go to the spa whenever I felt like it!


Q:  What are you most proud of?

The support group of family and friends (who I consider family) that I have surrounding me. It makes it much easier to take leaps of faith when you know you have people that will still love you no matter the outcome.


Q:  I would say you have a bubbly and effervescent personality.  Why? How do you maintain it?

Happiness is a choice. Things aren’t always fun or going well, but the right attitude can quickly change that. It also helps that I absolutely love my life. So… I choose happy!


Q:  What are 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing?

  1. Drawing
  2. Unstopping the end of an Elmer’s Glue Bottle
  3. Earring backs (the erasers only… this has saved me on many occasions)
  4. Playing Pick Up Stix
  5. Playing Pencil Break (generally speaking, an elementary school favorite)
  6. Plugging or making a hole
  7. Pinning your hair up (If it is long)
  8. Indicator  for the “string” test
  9. Opening plastic wrap when your fingernail won’t do
  10. Poison someone with lead (obvious)


Q:  Tell me about Hong Kong.

It is one of the most vibrant and energized environments I’ve ever experienced. The people are friendly and the food is unbelievable.  The team here is extremely talented and working on some of the most interesting projects in the firm (my opinion of course). I have learned so much from each of them. It is great to work for a firm where these opportunities exist for employees.

Hong Kong is also more international than I imagined before arriving. It embodies all of the characteristics I love about travel… great food, great people, and something new around every corner. If everyone could experience places and people in this way, I think they would realize that we all have a lot more in common than we think.

This experience was also possible because of sacrifices made by people back in the States, mainly my better half, Dan Chandler. He has an extremely demanding job, and has juggled work trips, minimal free time, and taking care of our two dogs (fur kids) so I could have this quarter-of-a-year adventure. I am very grateful for his support and encouragement.


  1. December 9th, 2009 - 8:46 am
    Daniel Wahlig said:

    Megan’s the best! When she rules the world – I will do the marketing for the tours of her and Dan’s castle.

  2. December 9th, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    Go Megan! I’ve worked with her at the Atlanta office and miss the energy and the fun we had working together!!

  3. December 10th, 2009 - 6:35 am

    Megan rocks…! She is an incredible young women with an equally incredible (often self depricating) humor. An absolute fun and warm person to be around. We are fortunate to have her at HOK!

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