I have a few… Primarily I am a Consultant at Chemistry and have the opportunity to work with so many different organizations. I just love our clients. Second, I get to support our own amazing people and the work that we do as Head of US People & Compliance.
Has there ever been a time in your career where you felt being a woman has held you back?
Over the years, I have found that it takes a lot more effort to prove my worth and ability. However, I know what I’m capable of and if anything, it increases the resolve of my confidence and personal principles.
And on the flip side, has being a woman ever been an advantage for you in your role?
I don’t think I could ever say that is true. If I’ve ever earned something simply because I am a woman, it would be a hollow victory. I have had the fortune of being surround by strong women and men who taught me a lot. My success comes from my own work ethic, strength of character and willingness to learn rather than my gender.
What advice would you give young women entering the world of work today?
My dad gave me great advice when I left for college, which was KOKA (keep on kicking ass). Here is my translation of that…
Follow your passion. We aren’t all given a green light at 18 and know what we want to do. Keep trying new things, keep learning, keep teaching, until your heart tells you where to go. Also, you are the only one who can tell yourself ‘no’. Blockers will pop up, life will be hard, but there is always something waiting for you around the corner. Just keep going.
And one more for good measure that I share with a lot of young people – if you approach work and life with a humble and grateful heart, do the hard right over the easy wrong, you’ll be amazed at the level of influence you can carry and the mountains you can move.