“By helping others, you will learn how to help yourselves.”
Aung San Suu Kyi
What do you think of when you hear the word “mentor”? As I’ve learned over my career, mentoring in some form happens regularly all around us. If you are lucky enough to have a trusted person who cares about you and your career, to whom you can turn with a confidential or challenging career situation, you have found a true mentor.
I spend a fair amount of time thinking about associations – like Women in the Fastener Industry – and the value that they bring to members and even those outside the organization. I’m probably a little biased, since I am a member of, and help run, several associations. When I started in the fastener industry, there weren’t a lot of women around, but those who were frequently found themselves running the associations for the industry. Perhaps that ‘s because the...
In her April blog posting, Cris Young of Hudson Fasteners asked for personal stories that women could share through the blog. Over the years, I have heard many fastener guys sharing stories that they told to make a point, or to teach or to brag. These little “HIStories” always make me laugh. I am often awestruck at the human interest that is on display in these stories. But during the last four to five years, I have heard some pretty...
My husband was working on our RV the other day when he brought the crusty water pump into the house to show me how “messed up” the screws holding the unit together were. I saw machine screws with a nylon patch that had been exposed to water for six years and the patch looked great. Way too much thought on my part, when all I needed to say was: “Yes, honey, you’re right.”
For my first blog entry for the WIFI website, I decided to look at a few statistics about women-owned businesses in the U.S. What I found was encouraging, although clearly there is still much work to be done.
As of 2013, government figures estimate there are roughly 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the country, generating more than $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.8 million people. Obviously, women-owned businesses have become serious competitors in today’s global markets.