Women are now leaving the workforce at four times the rate of men. What needs to be done to alleviate this?
The pandemic has been incredibly hard for parents with younger children or those caring for others. This responsibility frequently falls on the mother or women in the family. We need to further develop “women equity” in the workplace through compassion and giving people confidence to explore more flexible work or reduced hour options based on their needs.
Who was your mentor and what are you now doing to send the elevator back down?
I have had some fabulous mentors, whether managers, peers, employees or friends. They are my “work advisory board.” I value perspective and truth in feedback. I have had to swallow hard and look in the mirror. I am a better leader because of people who cared enough to offer their opinion.
I pay it back through mentoring within BMS, my wider network and community. I have joined non-profit boards and the school PTA. I love working with younger people and being real about what it takes to be successful. I don’t pretend to be perfect and my teen girls ensure that!
What is your golden rule at work?
I have a few rules I have developed along the way. 1. Be authentic, keep perspective and enjoy the journey. 2. Never let others define your value; you own it and your destiny. 3. When you “get there,” send the elevator back down.
How have you coped with the unique challenges of the past 12 months?
A great partner, a wonderfully supportive team at BMS, a sense of humor and taking one day at a time with 7 a.m. coffee and 6 p.m. gin and tonic. It has been a crazy ride.
What are the first things you plan to do when the pandemic ends?
Get on a plane to England to see my mum, dad, brother and extended family. The global travel restrictions have made me realize the value of free movement and the importance of family. Being thousands of miles away is fine, as long as you can get on a plane today and be there tomorrow.