What advice would you give to women in your field?
Know your value and dare to demand more for yourself.
How are you breaking barriers faced by women in your field?
I am committed to being my authentic self. The singularity of sometimes being the only woman at the table does not make me uncomfortable; in fact, it is motivation to keep defying the odds. The visibility of not only a woman but a woman of color in a leadership role sends an encouraging and positive message of change. The standard of what a leader looks like in the Ag industry is expanding.
Tell us about a woman you look up to and why.
My mother, Carol, has been an extraordinary influence on my life and always will be. A wife, a mother of six children (five knucklehead boys and me, the princess), and a successful business owner. She seemed to manage everything all so seamlessly and made it look so easy. I thought she was a super-hero.
She believes that family comes first and will do anything to ensure our happiness and well-being. We have a very special bond in that I am her favorite daughter (lol – okay, I am her only daughter). She has shown me what it means to be a confident, independent woman who can achieve all things.
I have always cherished our relationship and valued her unconditional love, support, and encouragement. Still, it was not until I was trying to “do it all”- balance family and career that I found an even greater appreciation for who she was as a woman. As I was having a moment one day, she said, “You don’t have to always be perfect, you can’t fix everything, and you are not inferior if you ask for help. You got this” Yep; it was that day I confirmed my mom is a super-hero…. at least in my world.