Looking ahead 10 years,
how do you see the role
of women in the electri-
cal industry changing? Our industry is constantly evolving and we have a critical need for diversity of thought. As our indus- try changes, we need tal- ent that understands the importance of agile build- ing construction as well as the deployment of Io T and data analytics to help us solve the many challenges our customers face. A range of talents will be critical to achieving suc- cess, and I believe women will be a key component in the diverse workforce that the industry will con- tinue to require.
What advice would you
give to a young woman
entering this industry? The only one in charge of your career is you and the only limitations you have are the ones you put on yourself. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out
there—you’re never “ready” for the next posi- tion, so don’t be afraid to take a risk.
What could be done to
encourage more women
to enter this
industry? Many organiza- tions have established groups where women can net- work and find mentors. The bigger conver- sation needs to be about at- tracting all types of divers- ity in the indus- try and I believe that starts with us. We need change in the way we talk about our industry and we need to talk about why it’s an exciting industry and a place where you can have a career that impacts everyone’s quality of life.
For many years electri-
cal distribution has
been thought of as a
dustry.” Do you think
that is still true? The numbers show that our industry continues to employ more men than women; how- ever, I don’t think we’ve branded or positioned the industry as one that a woman would necessar- ily choose. At Graybar, we’re working to change that by opening inno- vation centers, creating programs for emerging leaders, and embracing technology in a way that will create more opportu- nities. As our industry continues to evolve and implement these types of programs, the outdated “male-dominated” tag will dissipate. ;
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