How did you come to be a VP, Corporate Controller and what do you love about your job?
If you had asked me this question when I was starting my career, I would have said “I have no ambition to be a Controller.” I have been blessed to be surrounded by people who believe in me and have made themselves available to guide me. It also helped that one of the best pieces of advice that I received is to identify some guiding principles that are personally important to me. These guiding principles have helped me when weighing options and making the right decisions for me. I love seeing the success of the Company in tangible metrics – sales/employee growth. I truly like the people and my team. They are smart, caring, supportive and fully invested in the Company.
What unique value do think women bring to this job, if any?
The two that automatically come to mind are perceptive thinking and emotional intelligence. We are just very curious; we just love figuring things out until we know everything about that “thing” that we are figuring out. We also deal with a lot of emotions; hence, we are much more prepared to deal with emotions, think through emotions and leverage it in our relationship within our work environment.
What kind of obstacles are women likely to encounter or did you encounter as a woman working in your career?
We have come so far along, but I think our major obstacle is ourselves. Sometimes our initial response is to think that we did not get a promotion or something because we are a woman or any other excuse that we can think about. I am not saying it does not happen, but what if we change our initial response to “that is interesting that they are not seeing the value that I bring?”. Do you see how it would totally change how we would handle this situation? Instead of “closing up”, we would do something to change this by observing/asking questions, figuring it out and using our emotional intelligence to convey the value that we bring.
The theme of Women’s Day this year is “Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.” What do you think are the biggest changes we can make as a society to realize women’s rights?
That men should be able to have babies 😊Seriously, it should start at home. Your partner should see you as an equal. It does not matter who makes more or who holds a bigger title, everything should be shared equally, including the chores. If you have this at home, it is easier to expect this from work.
What do you hope to see change in your field or industry, for women in particular?
To go after one’s dreams without inhibitions and to have a support group who would encourage you when courage starts to falter.
What would you say to young women considering entering Trust & Security?
Be fearless, accountable and know your value. Do not stop learning because you need to be smarter and think ahead.