Words of Women

Part 1: Defining Success // Career Advice

September 22nd marked the 37th American Women’s Business Day, a celebration to honor, support and generally admire the women driving and thriving in business. The OSG family of companies is no stranger to amazing women making key strategic and tactical decisions that push an organization forward. In this blog series, we tap into those powerful minds, gaining insight on everything from the inspirational to the creative to the career advancing – and you can quote us on that!

What does professional success mean to you?

For me, success is happiness. I find happiness at work by constantly being challenged, taking on a project or planning an event on my own. I also find happiness professionally by working with great co-workers at a place that understands the importance of spending time with your family. I don’t know that I will ever feel like I am fully successful professionally, because I continuously strive to do more and to be challenged, but I can always find something to be happy about, and that is success to me!

Alena Aldrich
Marketing Coordinator, SouthData

Professional success means a couple of things to me. The first is feeling proud of your job and what you contribute to your company and clients — a true sense of ownership and satisfaction from what you do day in and day out. The second is feeling respected and valued by the team you work with. Being a member of a team that supports you, encourages you and helps you grow remains one of the most sought after and truest forms of professional success.

Alexa Hunt
Account Supervisor, Garfield

The meaning of professional success has changed for me throughout the years.  At first, it was about working for high-profile companies in the city, making a good living. Never really being “off the clock.” But now it means holding a position that challenges me, but not so much that I take it with me everywhere I go. It means not getting that sick feeling in my stomach on Sunday nights, because I love what I do and where I’m going on Monday morning. It means having collaborative and successful working relationships with clients and coworkers – having a healthy balance.

Danielle Cook
Account Manager, OSG

Professional success is different for everyone, but I have noticed that it is proportionally correlated to personal success. Being successful in a professional environment is a product of doing what you love (so you are able to get up and happily go to work every day), working with a great team (people who you trust, respect and can eat chips with every day) and being challenged to become a better version of yourself.

Olga Garabito
Programmer Analyst, OSG

While I have been involved in three successful startup companies, I am most proud of the accomplishments we achieved at Diamond leading up to our acquisition by OSG. It began in 2002, and I really felt that I had achieved professional success when we sent our very first invoice.

Professional pride has come from the opportunity to be a change agent in the lives of others through mentorship and industry board positions. Being asked to contribute to the personal and professional growth of others means I can pay it forward and still learn from my colleagues, clients and peers.

Cyndi Greenglass
Senior Vice President Strategic Solutions, Diamond

What career advice would you give 2009 you?

The advice I would give to 2009 me would be to be flexible. If you are asked to do something that is out of your knowledge base or comfort zone, try it anyway. Trying new things is one of the best ways to learn. Also, being flexible helps you be prepared for any and all changes that might happen. It’s pretty much a given that the way things were done last year are not the way things will be done next year. As new executive team members come and go, so do their views and ways of doing things. It is best not to be stuck on having to do things a certain way at all times.

Lory Cerato
Director of Operations, DoublePositive

My advice is about health, because listen to me: Your career doesn’t matter without your health. Tell your story. Talk to the women around you about what you’ve been through and urge them to tell you the same. Tell your story, and then be a generous listener. You’ll see lives change because of that.

Michelle Shinholster
HR Manager, OSG

I’m 30 years into my career now, so in 2009, I was well on my way. 2009 happened to be a year of big changes. I left well-established corporate giant GE and became AppRev’s 9th employee, leading Sales and Marketing. My advice to 2009 me would be: This is a unique opportunity to build something from scratch. Don’t be intimidated; be confident in your experience and knowledge. Enjoy the freedom of limited structure and rules in a small company – get creative! Set realistic expectations, get help when you need it and have fun!

Rhonda Kaliban
Vice President Customer Engagement, AppRev

1 thought on “Words of Women”

  1. I am so proud and impressed with the insights and experience of these Women of OSG. Thank you for bringing your enthusiasm, your professionalism, and your expertise to our company and making us all better every day.

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