My father is a maker of girls. It’s no secret he would have loved to have had at least one boy, but you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit, right?
I grew up with two older sisters most of my life, and now we have a four year old little one who came in and usurped me as the baby. No hard feelings though, we’re cool.
So, where am I going with this?
If you ask any of my sisters, despite the inevitable struggles that come with being a dad trying to relate to and understand his daughters, he has never allowed us to perceive gender as a setback in any of our life endeavors.
I know I am not alone as the daughter of a man who believes wholeheartedly that his daughters can run the world.
At the inaugural Peterbilt Women’s Initiative Network (PBWIN) Summit on November 9th, I had the opportunity to hear and learn from a number of other women who have quite obviously had such role models and champions in their lives.
PBWIN is Peterbilt’s latest initiative which commits to championing the development of women leaders at Peterbilt by providing education, support, networking, and personal growth opportunities.
Along with a list of ongoing activities, the Summit was the culminating event which featured an impressive lineup of speakers [both guests and company employees] who spoke to approximately 80 Peterbilt employees [women and men] about the different paths to success and about utilizing the tools available to them.
Teresa Sato, HR Director, kicked things off with an overview of the initiative, and followed with an anecdote about how her grandfather inspired her professional journey. She then proceeded to share her guiding principles which include educating others, showing appreciation, and taking care of ourselves.
Michelle Prudhomme-Coleman, Associate Director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach at Texas Woman’s University, offered attendees an empowering address about the importance of “winning” in our everyday lives and evolving into the leaders we want to be.
The final component of the program consisted of four high-achieving Peterbilt/PACCAR employees from different walks of life who have overcome unique life circumstances and made strategic decisions that have led to their personal success.One of the commonalities that I picked up on across the board included the unwavering support of the champions in the lives of these women, whether they be spouses, mothers, fathers, colleagues or mentors.
Having champions that appreciate our potential and challenge us to meet our goals is essential in the professional development process. This is precisely what PBWIN aims to create by not only supplying women with the tools to be successful, but also by educating the organization as a whole about encouraging and supporting women in the workplace.
Altogether, the mission of this initiative aligns perfectly with that of the Denton Chamber’s Women in Commerce initiative and we were honored to be invited to be a part of such a momentous and groundbreaking effort, championed by a leading employer in the community.
Stevi Alexander, National Manager of Dealer Network Development, organized an outstanding program and valuable networking opportunity for Peterbilt employees.
Here is to continued success for this initiative. The bar has been set for other Denton employers to follow suit and join in on the effort to grow the number of women leaders in our community.
By: Angelica Del Rosal, MBA