Today, September 22, is Women in Business Day. This is a big day for us, as our office is full of some of the greatest women you will ever meet. Maybe I’m being biased, but I truly think I work with some of the best women out there. I asked everyone what being a woman in business meant to them. Of course, they were thrown for a loop, because I never come around asking them questions for blogs. But, after some laughter, they gave me the best answers.
Anna said being a woman in business means “believing in yourself, and trusting your instincts.”
Irene said, “as an attorney, it means doing the best job that you can, resulting in a sense of confidence and strengthening your self-esteem and skills.” Irene also said it means being “kickass” and I agree.
Kela told me it means “doing the best job you can to prove that you don’t have to be a man to get the job done.” Brittany agreed, and said “women can do anything a man can do, our gender doesn’t inhibit women from doing a good job.”
Kerry Ann kept it short and sweet, and said it means you “work twice as hard” and you have to be “twice as smart.”
I agree with these smart, strong, amazing women. To me, it means coming in and working hard. You do your best and show everyone that your gender doesn’t change the fact that you can do any job out there.
After interrupting everyone, I went to Jenna, and asked her a few more questions.
Me: What does being a woman in business mean to you?
Jenna: “To enable yourself to be independently successful, and to accomplish things based on your hard work and abilities. Proving to yourself that anything is possible regardless of what others say.”
Me: Why did you start your business?
Jenna: “I started it to stay at home with my first born, and so I could still help contribute to my family’s income. It quickly became a passion, and I discovered that I loved working for myself and starting a business.”
Me: What women have been influential to you throughout your business career?
Jenna: “My mom. Hands down.”
Me: Did you always want to go into business?
Jenna: “Yes. Since I was a little girl, I kid you not, I have been starting businesses at my house. I started a library, I was always having garage sales. I even had a traveling garage sale.”
Me: What do you think is the most important thing to remember, or do, as a woman in business?
Jenna: “Be confident, and don’t let other people tell you that you can’t do it. It’s usually the people that wish they could do it that will you can’t do it.”
So, there you have it. The women of JennaBenna are strong, confident, and independent as can be. And we will continue to crush the business world.
Blog contributed by Lillian Homan.