Looking ahead 10 years,
how do you see the role
of women in the electri-
cal industry changing? We continue to bring tal- ented women into the industry, many of whom will advance into higher- level leadership roles over the next several years. I also believe that there will be tremendous opportuni- ties in technology-related fields in our industry, and women with experience in data analytics, digital, and computer science will continue to find opportu- nities to thrive here.
What advice would you
give to a young woman
entering this industry? The best advice I ever received was from my father, who always raised us to aim high, even when success wasn’t guaran- teed. He always said that the only failure in life is not striving for the highest possible goal. And when things don’t go your way,
it’s how you respond to setbacks that determines your future. You can’t give up, but rather, must use those challenges as an opportunity to build your character and to become stronger and more resilient.
What could be
done to en-
industry? Most of us came here because of a job opportun- ity with a spe- cific company. Attracting wo- men to our industry starts with each individual com- pany’s efforts to create a positive workplace and provide employees with opportunities to build suc- cessful careers. We also must leverage marketing, PR, and media opportunities to promote our companies as great
places to work. Finally, we must work together as an industry to help em- ployees advance in their careers and build the connections they need to succeed.
tion has been
as a “male-
you think that
is still true? Today, women are making a significant impact in our companies and our indus- try. They’re taking on higher-level leadership roles and influencing the future in a much more strategic way. While cer- tain roles may employ more men than women, our industry as a whole is much more inclusive than it was in the past. ;
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT, AND CEO, GRAYBAR