"Anything worth having is worth working hard for," said Stephanie Morales, during her remarks at The Glass: Evolving the Business Woman, a Hampton Roads Chamber event on March 9th.
Morales joined panelists Linda Johnson, Mayor of Suffolk; Carletta Waddler, VP of Talent Curve; and Julianne Worden, General Sales Manager of Sinclair Communications in sharing what they learned throughout their different career paths about leadership, success, and change. Morales is the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Portsmouth and she recounted running for office after she couldn't convince her mentors to do so, "They said 'why don't you do it?' and I thought, why don't I do it?" said Morales. She stressed the importance of being ready to move on to challenging positions, "you're going to be uncomfortable, and you should," she said, "you need to get out of your comfort zone."
The importance of being prepared to take the next career step was a continued refrain for the panelists.
"You have to have a blueprint," said Carletta Waddler, " we take time to plan a menu, but we don't take time to look at ourselves and plan our lives." The panelist all participated in a question and answer session where the audience of women posed questions about equal pay, children and their impact on career growth, and finding balance.
One participant posed a question about the aging workforce and how women who are further in their careers can continue to adapt to a changing business world. Mayor Linda Johnson mentioned the importance of taking care of body and mind. "Stay relevant," she said, make sure you're ready to adapt and change." Panelists Julianne Worden and Carletta Waddler agreed, "it's hard work to keep up, but you have to keep looking for what's next, you can't become complacent."
Another point the panel all agreed on was the need to get more women involved as a means of leadership. "We have to be involved in politics and leadership," said Morales, "We have to be willing to negotiate for ourselves."
Attendees of the event were very engaged in the discussion portion of the presentation. "It was invigorating," said Holly Williams of Sinclair Communications, "I feel like I can get out my own way now." Katrice Stancil of The Barry Robinson Center mentioned how The Glass provided her with valuable insights as she starts a new career path, " the panelists are very empowering," she said. The Hampton Roads Chamber is committed to empowering and advocating our female business leaders in Hampton Roads. The Glass: Empowering the Business Woman offers an opportunity for women in Hampton Roads learn and grow in their careers.
Join us in September for part two of The Glass: Evolving the Business Woman on September 28th at the Waterside District Harbor Club. Susan Jacobs, VP of Human Resources and Administration for Newport News Shipbuilding-Huntington Ingalls Industries will be the keynote speaker.
Thank you to our sponsors: Kroger, Presenting Sponsor; Clark Nexsen and Virginia Beach Convention Center, Gold Sponsors; Sinclair Communications, Media Sponsor.
(Pictured left to right: Linda Johnson, Mayor of Suffolk; Stephanie Morales, Commonwealth's Attorney, City of Portsmouth; Priscilla Monti, Hampton Roads Chamber; Carletta Waddler, VP of Talent Curve; and Julianne Worden, General Sales Manager of Sinclair Communications.)