What do you hope to contribute to NAWBO during your term as a board member? What are your top priorities?
I hope to bring a diverse view and be a resource for the organization. Our top priorities should be to continue to grow our membership by engaging women business owners through programming, connectivity and advocacy.
If you could transform the current business climate to be more supportive of women, what changes would you make?
Women tend to move in and out of the workforce due to life events like raising children or taking care of parents. We lose women with talent that sometimes don’t come back or don’t come back at their full potential. We need to create more flexibility and understanding in the workplace as well as use technology to allow these women to stay connected if they want to continue careers. I am hopeful that the forced work from home during the pandemic will show that you can be productive without physically being in an office full-time. This should allow women to continue to stay working during life events that traditionally have been very disruptive to a career.
How do you measure success in your business and personal life?
I measure success by the impact I have on others or my community. For business, it is the impact I have on my clients to be able to achieve their dreams and goals. While one is a financial metric, the other component is peace of mind and less stress along the way. For my personal life, I always believe in giving back to people, organizations or causes that had an impact on my life mostly by being a volunteer. I also try to instill this in my children by setting an example for them to follow in their lives and on their journey.