How did you get into the environmental space? A passion / fell into it?
I have always had a passion for the environment and once I graduated from college, I really wanted to work in the environmental industry. While I was working for a corporate candle company, a friend of mine introduced me to the owners of a small environmental management company, and they gave me my first job in the industry.
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 work with some badass women at Encamp! I have never felt more empowered than I do now. Our team is full of strong, smart, innovating women who lift each other up.
If you have one trait that makes you excel in your position, what is it?
I am a perfectionist.
Any challenges you’ve faced? How did you overcome them … or are they still a challenge?
Being a woman in this industry is a challenge every day. We often get overlooked and not respected. For several years, I struggled with colleagues not valuing my time and expecting me to drop everything to be at their beck and call. Once I personally realized that my time was just as valuable as theirs I was able to address these issues more effectively.
What are your thoughts on the future of EHS? Technology or tools … challenges?
The EHS industry is extremely lacking in good technology/software. More and more regulations are added every year, making it very hard for a company to keep track of their compliance. EHS software is by far the future of this industry.
How can the EHS space improve for women?
This industry needs more women in executive roles, and the women in these roles need to support other women. We have to end the stigma that women who speak up are “trouble makers.” We deserve every seat at the table. Women also need to be compensated fairly.
If you could give another woman advice on how to get where you are today, what would it be?
Learn how to do multiple jobs so that you have a broad knowledge of the industry. Know your worth and don’t ever settle for less. Listen to your intuition.
If you could give your “past self” advice, what would it be?
It’s ok to say no.