Women are now leaving the workforce at four times the rate of men. What needs to be done to alleviate this? Who was your mentor and what are you now doing to send the elevator back down?
Early in life, I saw and experienced the dissolution of several marriages. As I watched what it did to the women in the relationships, I learned it was important for me to remember that I am responsible for me, my livelihood and my career. Many times, when things got tough in a male-dominated industry, I wished that I could leave the workforce and be “taken care of;” but each time that thought creeped in, a voice inside me said “you’re a Doub”. Doub is my maiden name, and those words were an echo from my father. He was my first mentor and would always ignite strength and confidence in my sisters and me with the statement “you’re a Doub, you can do it.” Having a trusted and respected male mentor to teach me what was important in business gave me the confidence I needed to always lean in, take risks, believe in myself, and ask for the role, raise or title I deserved. Women who don’t have someone in their corner coaching and empowering them often become frustrated, feel defeated and leave their job or the workforce. Throughout my career, I have used lessons learned from my father and other mentors to mentor many women and men through difficult situations, how to network, build their own confidence, and ask for what they want. Today, I mentor five women inside and outside of my current employer.
What is your golden rule at work?
Treat others with dignity and respect, communicate with empathy and most importantly, actively listen.
How have you coped with the unique challenges of the past 12 months?
Frequent short breathing breaks, adding a standing desk for my office, singing and incorporating meditation to my daily routine
What are the first things you plan to do when the pandemic ends?
Run outside without a mask and say “thank you, world” at the top of my lungs!
Bring my team together for an in-person celebration!