How did you get into the environmental space? A passion / fell into it?
Like many in the industry, I’ve always had a passion for the environment and a love of animals. I began my journey in college at Texas A&M (whoop!) wanting to become a veterinarian, but after 2 years, I realized that career path wasn’t my true calling. I shifted my focus on studying Environmental Science and haven’t looked back since. I knew immediately I had found my niche. I started my career at an environmental consulting company shortly after graduating.
Did you have any mentors along the way? Anyone you looked up to? Other women in your field or at the company you work for?
I’ve had the honor of working with some incredible, smart, inspiring women over the years. I now get to work with quite a few of them again at Encamp!
If you have one trait that makes you excel in your position, what is it?
I’ve found that being a good multi-tasker and careful with details has helped me the most. In EHS it’s a battle to stay on top of everything, with the constantly changing daily scope of tasks. So being able to switch gears on a dime and re-focus my attention has been very helpful for me.
Any challenges you’ve faced? How did you overcome them … or are they still a challenge?
I’ve faced many challenges throughout my career; starting in this industry as a young woman proved to be very difficult. My opinions and thoughts were often overlooked and undervalued. But by working hard, learning to speak up and educating myself on the regulations, I found my own sense of value and self worth, which inspired me to be an advocate not only for women in EHS but everyone who deserves to be heard.
What are your thoughts on the future of EHS? Technology or tools … challenges?
The future of EHS is technology, and that’s why I’m so excited to be a part of Encamp. I’ve seen so many people in EHS struggle with tracking and organizing on spreadsheets or archaic programs that aren’t efficient and prove to be a struggle for team collaboration. Being at Encamp I can see how technology will be an extremely powerful tool to help EHS managers be more efficient and break away from a lot of the struggles they face today.
How can the EHS space improve for women?
We need more women and diversity in the industry and in executive roles. Women need to feel like they can speak up and should be a part of decision making. We have to give women a seat at the table and space to thrive and excel in this industry.
If you could give another woman advice on how to get where you are today, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself and your opinions. Set boundaries and learn to say no if you have too much on your plate, your time is valuable. Work hard, learn the regulations and know your value.
If you could give your “past self” advice, what would it be?
Stick up for yourself and speak up. Trust your intuition.