Would you recommend
a career in the electri-
cal industry to young
females? Why? I would venture to say that I don’t know anyone who would aim for this industry. That being said, young females can excel in all aspects of the elec- trical business: marketing, selling, customer rela- tions, and administrative positions. I think that unless someone goes to the manufacturing side of the business and then gets introduced to distrib- ution, he or she probably doesn’t know anything about this career path. My introduction had to do with the family business connection—otherwise, I’m not sure I would have been interested.
What advice would you
give to a young woman
entering this industry? Learn all aspects of the business, including mar- keting, selling, purchas-
ing, and customer rela- tions, which are impor- tant skills in any industry. Also, understand the workflow from the cus- tomer’s point of view and put that into the equation involving man- ufacturing and distributor needs.
be done to
to enter this
industry? Frankly, I’m not sure that there’s a dynamic “ta da” that gets women into this field. If one pursues col- lege programs related to business, one can then learn the fundamentals that can be practiced by many types of industries. I think overall, we need to do a better job as distribu- tors and manufacturers of recruiting young females,
and young talent in gen- eral to the electrical in- dustry. I’ve found that through my journey it can be a progressive field for females.
tion has been
as a “male-
you think that
is still true? In all practical- ity, I think it still is. It’s not very glamorous and maybe not as dynamic as interna- tional business. When I describe my business to most, they get a little glassy-eyed. I always use the illustration of an ad that shows famous sky- lines without lights; it helps me better explain the various products in our arena and their use. ;
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, B&K ELECTRIC WHOLESALE