Biz: What are some tips you have for women in supporting roles?
V.O.: Part of our job is helping those we support to be successful, so we should anticipate what support that person needs before they need it. We have to think ahead and be ready to hand them the hammer when they ask for it, so to speak. When they win, we win. Also, speak up and ask for support and training when you need it. Sometimes women can be timid and they get overlooked for advancement opportunities or not receive the tools they need to do their job. Be your own advocate. Look for opportunities to grow and take them.
Biz: How can women in business better support one another?
V.O.: There are only so many seats at the top, so when a woman attains that position, it’s great to celebrate them. However, some women have no desire to be the CEO and are successful and productive in our own right. We also need to celebrate these women who are happy working behind the curtain, using their talents and skills to help others. All are important and worthy to be recognized for their hard work!