Be 'personable and prepared' to get ahead
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
People who are authentic, have a purpose and do their best each
day to reach their potential are most likely to advance their careers, according
to four male executives who offered their views on women's leadership at the NEW
Pacific Northwest learning event, held May 13 in partnership with the Portland
State University 2014 Executive Forum.
Dirk Davis, president of Sunshine Dairy; Kevin Gee, district
manager at Fred Meyer; Alan Houston, director of human resources, DoubleTree by
Hilton; and Todd Ruberg, vice president of corporate strategy at Procter &
Gamble, shared their insights with 75
NEW members and supporters at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. The discussion was
moderated by NEW President and CEO Joan Toth.
"Be professional, be prepared, be personable and always stay
on point of the topic,” Houston advised. "Exercising these traits builds
credibility and eventually people don't see you as a woman or a man, but as a
professional. It doesn't matter what you do, but be the best at what you do.
Your dream job may just be a stepping stone away.”
"Be who you are inside at work [too],” Gee said, "and uphold standards.”
To grow their careers, women must develop their own road maps, Davis said, "Know where you're going, the consequences and what it takes
to get there.”
"Seek out mentors” Ruberg advised. "Find people to tell you
the truth.” Don’t accept every opinion as a fact, Dirk added. "Be respectful,
but don't internalize everything,” he said.
Brown-Forman, Oberto and Starbucks Coffee Company were among
the companies sending delegations to the event.