Employee Benefits Advisor
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership? How have you overcome it?
I believe the most significant barrier to female leadership is gender stereotyping that exists in our society. Although we are moving in a positive direction with more women taking on leadership roles and CEO positions, we still have a long road ahead of us before women catch up to men. According to the article "Overcome Barriers to Female Leadership" from St. Catherine University, in 2021 women hold only 21% of C-suite positions.
What advice would you give your 25-year-old self?
Do what makes you happy. Don't do it for the money. Do it for the passion. Stay on track...don't lose focus. Enjoy life but remember that "where the focus goes, the magic flows".
What are the ways you stay grounded and take care of yourself?
I am a true believer in meditation (I'm certified in Transcendental Meditation) to stay balanced and focused. I also do yoga in the mornings, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy plant and protein-based diet. Making sure you take time out to nurture yourself is crucial to a person's well-being.
How can women support other women in the workplace? What does your support system look like?
Women can be fiercely competitive with each other in the workforce. While competition can be a productive aspect in a work environment, it must be balanced with support for one another. Support comes from listening to each other, learning from one another, and providing recognition for achievements along with encouragement even in the most challenging of circumstances.
Why do you support women in business?
I support organizations that support women in business. I'm a member of NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners) and the WCC (Women's Construction Coalition). I also believe in mentoring. There are so many organizations that offer mentoring programs to help build confidence and motivation in young women. I haven't done this yet but plan to.