What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
Women’s History Month means a lot to me because it’s a time to celebrate and reflect on progress made for women’s rights. We celebrate how far we’ve come and also call for an end to gender inequality.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love working with smart people and being creative! The best part of my job is that there are opportunities all the time to learn and engage with new skills. I started out as an entry level analyst and now I’m the marketing manager. In a sense I’ve grown up in this company and I like taking a moment to pause and look back on my own evolution and the evolution of the marketing department at Ellumen. It’s exciting and I’m proud of the growth.
What do you wish you could tell your younger self?
There’s a Michelle Obama quote that I think is a really important message for women to hear, especially young women just entering the workforce. And I wish someone had told me this as frankly as Mrs. Obama says it: “The question I ask myself— ‘am I good enough?—that haunts us, because the messages that are sent from the time we are little is: Maybe you are not. Don’t reach too high. Don’t talk too loud. My advice to young women is that you have to start by getting those demons out of your head. I have been at probably every powerful table that you can think of, I have worked at nonprofits, I have been at foundations, I have worked in corporations, served on corporate boards, I have been at G-summits, I have sat in at the U.N. Here’s the secret: they’re not that smart. There are a lot of things that folks are doing to keep their seats because they don’t want to give up power. And what better way to do that than to make you feel you don’t belong . . . you have to prepare yourself, because when you get those arrows thrown at you, all you can fall back on is your experience and your ability.” I love that quote. I still think about it all the time!