WARRIE PRICE Founder and president of the Battery Conservancy. Raised $160 million to rebuild and revitalize the Battery Park Gardens and Castle Clinton.
1. Name three women that inspire you, and tell us why.
I am inspired by Lady Bird Johnson, my mentor since I was 18. She shared with me her passion and commitment to give the public free access to nature’s beauty. She instilled in me the role that laws and governance must play in delivering on this promise.
Franny Reese, the founder of Scenic Hudson and savior of Storm King Mountain, taught me how to fight, to be forceful without raising your voice, and to win.
Agnes Gund encouraged me to follow my vision and to trust in one’s intuitive creativity to enhance all people’s lives.
2. What has been the secret to your success?
See blight as unacceptable and create beauty. Be innovative and strive for design excellence. Fill a void; don’t duplicate. Set the bar high. You only live once. As my great grandmother used to say, “Let’s shoot the works.” Exceptional ideas attract support and have a better chance to be implemented.
3. If you were going to pass on one piece of advice to a young woman, what would it be?
Never give in on your values or give up on your aspirations.
4. In the fight for equality, what area do you think needs the most attention?
We get in the door now. We deserve the same paycheck and advancement.
5. What are you most proud of in your career?
Creating the first chemical-free NYC public landscape/park.
6. Where do you get your confidence?
I have always been fearless—a foundation for confidence. From birth, I was raised by strong loving women who made me feel I could achieve anything. Small and big achievements build confidence.
7. What makes a woman beautiful?
Optimism and generosity. Good hair helps, too!
8. What gives you joy?
When I experience creativity as a problem-solver. I am happiest when I fix things.