Would you recommend
a career in the electri-
cal industry to young
females? Why? Yes. The development, manufacture, and sale of electrical and energy- related products/services provides so many oppor- tunities for young women to grow and prosper.
Looking ahead 10 years,
What advice would you
how do you see the role
of women in the electri-
cal industry changing? There are more women in the industry today than when I first entered the business 35 years ago. Companies face an aging workforce and a shortage of skilled workers and must continue to develop an environment that embraces and supports young women. Providing flexible work environ- ments, educational pro- grams, technology and communication resources, and mentorship programs are examples of ways that
companies can help en- courage more women to enter the industry.
give to a young woman
entering this industry? Continue to educate your- self, embrace opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone, and commit to being a contrib- utor instead of a bystander.
tion has been thought of
as a “male-dominated
industry.” Do you think
that is still true? Many businesses can be viewed as male dominated today. We need to focus on ways to more effectively market our industry by highlight- ing all of the technological
developments that make it an exciting and attractive arena to work in and en- courage women to want to be a part of it.
What hurdles do fe-
have to over-
come to suc-
ceed in electri-
tion? Every business has hurdles to over- come. To me, the biggest chal- lenge a woman faces in our in- dustry is mak- ing the com- mitment to stay the course and not quit, especially when it seems that there isn’t a solution available. More often than not, these are the times when you ex- perience the most growth, overcome challenges, and learn important lessons that will help you succeed. ;
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