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eCREATIVE (Continued from page 3) coordinating productions. Then one day during lunch on the roof of the school with a view of all of Manhattan at their feet, she and two colleagues decided to change their destiny. In 1982, at the tender age of 27, Barbara started Pook Diemont & Ohl, Inc., (PDO) as a founding partner. Today Pook’s company is one of the premier firms in the world, known for engineering, construction and renovation of theaters, a myriad of museums, broadcast studios, was daunting at first, especially because she was often the only woman at the negotiating table. But her deep interest and technical knowledge managed to persuade and elicit positive outcomes that have afforded her firm enduring relationships for over 30 years. Barbara’s union experience culminated in her representing the Iron Worker’s Union in an arbitration case in Washington DC. The case was decided in the union’s favor. At only 5’2” tall with merry blue eyes, the diminutive Barbara Pook avoids Barbara Pook was often the only woman at the table negotiati