BSO: What are your proudest achievements ?
Professionally, I’m proud to have been promoted to Director of Merchandising and Planning at the age of 26. I ran a successful department of talented individuals, and we accomplished great things with limited tools available. For example, we had no enterprise planning system, so I built a system from scratch in Excel, modeling a planning and allocation system I had used at a prior company. We used this custom solution for years, very successfully.
Personally, I’m most proud of my children, who have grown into smart, caring, successful teenagers.
I’m also proud of the things I achieved while I was raising my children: I ran a successful business, started a chapter of BNI, returned to college to earn a second degree, and ran a large school fundraiser for 7 consecutive years.
BSO: What are you currently reading ?
Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People by William Ury
BSO: What are your most rewarding charitable involvements ?
My father-in-law died from ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
For five years after he passed, our family ran annual golf tournaments to raise money for ALS research. It was a lot of work to put together a successful tournament year after year, but we always did, and we raised over $60,000.
BSO: Who has influenced you the most ?
I had a female boss many years ago when I first got into the apparel industry. She was brilliant – she had such a mathematical mind, and she was really strong with computer systems. She recognized my potential and took me under her wing. I learned so much from her, and she promoted me through the ranks as she progressed as well. I have kept her in mind all these years, and use her example in whatever role I may be in at the time.