As we are in the midst of the call for nominations for the 3rd Annual List of 40 Women to Watch Over 40 we took time to check in with some current honorees to find out what #40over40 meant to them. Today’s post is from Tracey Welson-Rossman, a 2013 honoree, Founder of TechGirlz.org and CMO, Chariot Solutions. Read and get inspired to nominate a woman who making in impact — disrupting, innovation and forging new paths for women of all ages.
What did it mean to you to receive this honor? The award was a validation of the work I had been doing. It is not that I needed the validation, I was going to keep on the path I was and am on, but this award allowed me to take stock of what I had done up to this point and it was great to know others felt that what I have done had meaning.
What role models / mentors helped you reach this point? It sounds trite and worn, but my Mom and Dad. Specifically, my dad knew that I was going to be out in the working world even when I was little. He purposely brought home for dinner one night a woman who he worked with so I could see a woman in the working world. Remember this was at a time when it was still unusual to see a woman who was not a teacher, nurse or secretary. My mother has been incredibly supportive of everything I have done in my career. My own cheering section.
How can more women become involved in disrupting? Disrupting, or instigating, as I like to call it, starts by acting on your idea and not sitting on it until you feel there is a perfect time because there is never the perfect time.
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