We were so pumped for International Women’s Day that we celebrated the entire month of March. We’re closing it out with our final mCHAT with Janice Bergeron, Corporate Controller. Be on the look out for future mCHATS, where Maestronties speak their minds and share their insights.
Any advice you can give to a woman looking to advance in her career?
Set aside time periodically to reflect on what is important to you, both personally and professionally, and how your goals align with those priorities. Write them down and try to set a timeline for yourself. Break down your large goals into actionable steps.
Celebrate your victories and don’t dwell on the setbacks. Take away what you can from those experiences and move on.
Quit apologizing for taking up space in this world. Be confident in your value. If you don’t feel it right away, fake it until you do.
Are there any women you look to as inspiration?
My sisters. I admire that they have identified what is important to them and pursued paths that fit their needs. They don’t believe they have to conform to someone else’s ideals.
Tell us about a mentor that inspired you in your career.
I’ve been strongly influenced by Bob Knott, President of SWC Technology Partners. He is incredibly sharp and challenges himself and others to strive for excellence. He demonstrates a lot of passion for his work and treats team members in a very respectful, genuine way. While working with him, I had the opportunity to grow tremendously and he gave me the autonomy and support to build a stronger accounting team. He helped me realize what kind of leader I wanted to be.
Are there any books you've read lately that helped inspire you?
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Eighty Days: Nelly Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot