warehouse and it’s all men, and they use bad language. And, if you walk into a warehouse in heels and a mini skirt, don’t be surprised when you get cat called,’” she says, noting that her advice is rooted in her own experience. At her first job in the field, she had two revelations within her first week: “There truly were practically no women in the field at that time. I’d heard people say 98% men in the industry, but it was closer to 99.8% men,” she chuckles. “And, I realized very quickly that, as a woman, I had to know twice as much to gain respect and credibility in the industry.” “I strongly encourage women who are new to the industry to tap into the ing she also mastered financial state-
women who have been here a while.
ments while working with WERC.
We’re all here to help each other, and we
Many of WERC’s veteran women said relationships and mentoring
want to,” she said. “WERC is a perfect resource for making those contacts.”
is key, and several opportunities to provide mentorship to young women have come to former WERC Board President (2004-2005) Susan Rider, President of Rider & Associates, through her WERC connections. “The first thing I would tell them is, ‘you have to develop a thick skin. You can’t get insulted when you’re at a w w w.busi ne ssc hief. com