Thank you for joining us this month for our International Women's Day series. In this final post, we express once again how grateful we are to have so many talented and dedicated women working at IMS. Today we make note of three women who demonstrate the IMS Core Value of Ownership Thinking by consistently making improvements and empowered decisions that benefit the entire company. Brigitte is the person executive officers rely upon and partner with to help accomplish IMS strategic objectives, Teresa is recognized by the industry for insightful thought leadership articles and podcasts, and Sandra is a leader driving process improvement, innovation, and results.
Executive Assistant to Executive Officers
Q: What are some challenges you experienced as a woman in your field?
A: Most of my career has been spent in the male-dominated engineering consulting services field. I knew if I was going to market engineering services, I had to develop business relationships with engineers and architects and learn about their professions. To overcome this challenge, I attended classes and seminars and went out to work with them in the field. As a result, I received several industry certifications.
Q: Of the many women throughout history who broke down gender stereotypes who do you admire most and why?
A: Gloria Washington. Her name is not famous, and you probably have not heard of her before, but she was the first woman to become the principal at Southwest High School in Macon, Georgia, which was one of the largest US high schools in the 1970s. Southwest H.S. was a pioneer of the integration and co-ed movements of the late 60s and early 70s. Gloria Washington broke down stereotypes in her field and exemplified courage, intelligence, strength, and grace in both her role on campus and in our community. I am proud that I had the privilege to call Gloria Washington my principal and mentor.
Q: What advice would you give to women who are working or interested in working in your field?
A: I feel most empowered when I can help others accomplish their goals. When I worked on a Habitat for Humanity project, I got to play a part in raising money so that a family could call a house their home. I also once rallied corporations to donate time, talent, and money for schools located in low-income areas. My most empowering experience was when I was part of a team that raised the capital to build the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia.