Would you recommend
a career in the electri-
cal industry to young
females? Why? Without hesitation I would recommend a career in the electrical industry to any young woman who has the desire to be part of a challenging and rewarding industry. The opportunities and positions available are numerous. Through strong leadership and a unique perspective, women continue to earn high-level positions in sales, operations, market- ing, HR, and manage- ment. The future looks bright.
Looking ahead 10 years,
how do you see the role
of women in the electri-
cal industry changing? Today, we have a genera- tion of Millennials moving into leadership positions. They grew up with a very different opinion of the “male/female” roles.
Looking ahead 10 years, I believe the traditional male/female positions in this industry will be well blended.
What advice would
you give to a
industry? Learn every- thing you can about your company and its history, cul- ture, and goals. Be sure you understand how it earns a profit and how you contribute to the bottom line. Take a seat at the table and chal- lenge the status quo. Don’t blame others or make excuses. Raise your hand, get involved, and surround yourself with strong, like-minded lead- ers. Be a risk taker and jump in on the deep end— you’ll learn to swim.
For many years electrical distribution has
been thought of as a
“male-dominated industry.” Do you think
that is still true? I believe it’s still male dominated and most likely will continue. Our goal should be to create aware- ness and oppor- tunities for women to grow their careers. Our goal isn’t necessarily to create a 50/50 balance in the head count. Af- ter all, the con- struction industry, in gen- eral, does not attract as many women as men, just as there are fewer men in the fashion industry, for example. The talent and leadership of women in this industry is something for all women to be proud of and must continue to grow. ;
CEO, CITY ELECTRIC COMPANY