RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Before Donald Trump was elected president, Marwa found the candidate’s statements odious. He was “very aggressive against Muslims,” the recent college graduate remembers. She is 23 and has lived her whole adult life watching Barack Obama, who never uttered such words about her religion.
A cultural shift was underway at Dyer Brown Architects, but not everybody was on board. It was 2015, and the 45-year-old Boston-based firm was in the midst of rebranding after several years of growth. A new generation of leadership was being installed and a number of younger staff had been hired, doubling the firm to 40 employees.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — It is hard for Haya Al Asimi to hide her excitement as she slides into a corner of the Four Seasons Lobby chatting with college friends. They rehash stories they’ve heard during a morning spent discussing youth and social impact; they plot their own future success. Over coffee and za'atar-spiced croissants, they imagine a world in which the boss dishes out goals rather than giving orders.