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As a certified woman-owned business, ICONMA takes the utmost pride in empowering our female employees by committing to their growth, development, recognition, and celebrating women’s success at ICONMA.
Last year, we took a broad scope of this significant month from the start of its first observation in 1987 to today. This year, we reached out to a few members of the ICONMA team for their perspective of Women’s History Month, what it means to them, and advice they want to share to help inspire others.
What advice would you give to women who are just starting their careers?
“I would advise women who are just starting their careers to be open to new opportunities and different journeys that may present themselves. Oftentimes, we have this idea of what we will do and very frequently, we have an opportunity to go in another direction that just might be our true calling. Life is all about new experiences!”
“Start your career with zeal, focus and Goal. Aligning all these three important factors will help you learn and achieve in the beginning. When you start achieving, do not let your fire in the belly or hunger for performance settle down easy. Be hungrier and keep planning how to achieve every day.”
“I advise women starting their careers to not underestimate their abilities. If you only have 1 year of experience, and they want to, go and apply for that job!”
“Be true to yourself and follow your instincts – you are responsible for your own success.”
“My advice to women just starting in their career is don’t ever underestimate yourself and always raise your hand for new projects and initiatives. You never know where those opportunities may lead you in the future.
“Work hard, play hard. Be confident, professional, and seek out challenges and opportunities for growth. Your leaders and colleagues are an invaluable resource. Take advantage! Network, and be open to meeting as many people as possible. Make it a goal for people in your industry to remember your name. You never know when a professional contact could be the link to your next big move! Participate in company activities and after-hours functions. Here you can exhibit your uniqueness and the vast array of your many talents, outside of the usual work environment. “
What female figures do you look up to?
“One of my favorite artists and female figures that I think was incredible for her time, was Frida Kahlo. She was unapologetically herself and stood for what she believed in. She wasn’t afraid to push the envelope in society and embodied hope and empowerment for women.”
“I appreciate all the women. Especially in the generation where a woman’s power lies in the “Right Decision Making” for the world or for the Economy and for her family. I believe setting up the right foundation is the biggest achievement in any woman’s life. I look up to Indira Nooyi, Oprah Winfrey and many such women who rose themselves for themselves and for the generations to come along to look up to them.”
“I look up to female political leaders for having the determination to rise to such high levels of power and breaking the ‘glass ceiling.’”
“I look up to all females who are doing what’s best for themselves. Everyone is different and what may work for one, doesn’t always work for the other. As a female, I stand behind, support and look up to all females that are doing the best they can.”
“I’ve always looked up to women that support other women! The business world needs more women like that. I’m very fortunate to have a manager that shows she’s supportive of my growth and passions, inside and outside of my career at ICONMA.”
“I have always admired women who are unapologetically authentic, kind, thoughtful, silly, and loyal. I am empowered by women who are confident in who they are, what they want, and what they don’t want. I admire those who do the work to make the life that they want. Added bonus if they support other women!”
Do you feel you’ve had to overcome any challenges as a woman?
“Yes, I have had to overcome challenges as a woman, and this is one of the many reasons why I value working for a woman-owned business!”
“Breaking the Stereotype. Every situation and every occurrence make you stronger. I’ve encountered a few situations where I had to make choices between being a wonderful mother or a great professional. Fortunately, enough, I found out a way to balance the equation between both.
I had to work hard on my schedule and most importantly adherence to the schedule and timelines. I feel blessed that I am a woman to manage all spheres of my life flawlessly.”
“Growing up, I was underestimated for being female. My parents didn’t think I would be able to college and would instead take on the role as a full-time homemaker. Not only did I graduate with honors, I also finished college at 20 years old.”
“Honestly, no. I feel that because of my knowledge, determination and drive I have been able to be just as successful as my male counterparts.”
“In the past, I’ve felt at a disadvantage because I was a woman, and that I would never climb up the ladder at other organizations.
I’ve never felt once felt that way while working at ICONMA and it is one of the many reasons I’m proud to work here.”
“I have experienced more clarity in the past 3 years than ever before in my life. I have come to recognize many of my shortcomings, and I have accepted that it is my responsibility to seek out change and improve. It is not always easy. I have had to let go of people who didn’t have my best interest at heart. I have had to create boundaries. I have had to put myself first. But having the people who are still present, always cheering me on – they make up for any losses incurred along the way. I have also had so many amazing new experiences! Days filled with growth, and accomplishments. Every day is a new opportunity to be better than you were yesterday.”
What does International Women’s Day/ Women’s History Month mean to you?
“International Women’s Day/ Women’s History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate women’s contributions to our history, culture, and all that we have accomplished. It’s a time to feel empowered and proud to be a woman.”
“International Women’s Day reminds us of the significance for being a Women that – “Women are Warriors”. The most strength full being of all times.”
“International Women’s Day has always been an extension of Mother’s Day in most European cultures, although it is the celebration of achievements women have made, whether that be social, economic, or political.”
“I feel indebted to the women in the past that have dedicated their lives to improving the workforce for us. Because of their unwillingness to cower, females have a place in today’s workforce and that is to be celebrated!”
“To me, International Women’s Day is all about stepping into our confidence – and to uplift and remind other women of their greatness too!”
“It is a day to reflect on what rock stars women are, and what they can be if they just put in the work. Whatever your position — the SAHM or the company CEO – you are a boss. You matter. You have valued. You are loved. You are beautiful. You can do whatever want to do in life. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Not your partner, not your parents, not your boss and certainly not other women. We live in a world of endless possibilities. Decide what you want, make big moves, appreciate every blessing, and celebrate every victory – even the small ones.”
March 10, 2022