Impact International Women’s Day 2020
What makes an empowered woman?
Kimberly Herold, Sales Manager/Partner: An empowered woman, to me, is somebody that really is able to state their voice. They really are someone that understands where they want to go, and how they’re going to get there.
Jessica McClain, Accounts Payable Lead: An empowered woman, to me, is a woman that advocates for the health and wellness of everyone that she encounters, and I love when people empower others to be the best person they can be.
Melissa Smith, Executive Solutions Consultant: It’s someone who exudes confidence, exudes some sort of enthusiasm that just translates and transfers to others so they come to you.
Patricia Pruitt, Account Manager II: I think that an empowered woman is somebody that puts their mind to something and does it, and I think that can mean a lot of different things for a lot of different people.
Karlee Ricks, Chief Marketing Officer: The definition of ’empower’ is to make someone stronger and more confident in their own rights, and I believe that’s what an empowered woman is.
Who the women of Impact look up to
JM: A woman that I admire and look up to is, I would have to say, my mother. She came from a family of 10 children. She managed to get her education, she worked in corporate America for many years, and I just really admire her drive, her tenacity, and her bravery.
KH: Sara Blakely. Seeing what she’s been able to accomplish at such a young age, so, it’s pretty amazing to see, you know, how she’s been able to be successful.
PP: My grandma is probably who I look up to the most. She raised six kids and had a very successful nursing career, and she always taught me you can do whatever you want as long as you put your mind to it.
On the meaning of Each for Equal
JM: Each for Equal means to me, it’s a call to everyone, male, female, nonbinary, doesn’t matter what you identify as, we are all required to speak out and to advocate for those that are in positions where they can’t.
PP: Each for Equal can mean a lot of things. I just think that it means everybody should be treated equally, whether you are a male or female, and that’s definitely the case at Impact.
KH: Each for Equal, to me, is the opportunity at Impact is the same no matter who you are. It doesn’t matter, as long as you’re willing to put the work in, it exists here.
MS: There were probably three women at Impact when I started, in Sales, and now we’ve grown, I mean I don’t even know how many women there are.
On how Impact empowers women
KR: I feel empowered at Impact because I know that there’s no limit to my growth or my success. I know that I’m judged based on my efforts and my initiatives that I bring to this company, and it makes me very proud every day to work for a company that practices a mantra like this.
KH: I’m the first woman to become partner at Impact, it was actually quite a surprise when I became partner, but it was the best news ever. And I called Tom, just hysterical, because I was so excited to be part of something bigger than myself.
MS: I’m just here to perform what I need to do to be successful, and there’s no cap to my success based on my gender.