CEO of NPI-Nameplates Inc.
Is Tulsa generally a welcoming environment for women in the business world?
Yes and no. More often than not, I am welcomed by all business people, women and men. Oklahoma has a powerful group of women in business, and I always find that they are overly gracious. The “no” to this question is only correct about 10% of the time. On occasion, you will come across another person in business, and they will want to know why I was chosen to be a part of the board or how did I get to be CEO. Although this is a family business, I have worked hard to get where I am.
What is something you have seen your company or any other company do well to raise the status of women in the workplace?
As a woman-owned business, NPI has always given men and women equal opportunity in all positions. However, Oklahoma Dream It Do it and OK to Grow have given NPI the opportunity to showcase our women under 40 in manufacturing by awarding us the emerging leader in manufacturing award.
Do you do any sort of mentoring to other women in the business world?
I think this is a must. Previously, I have been a mentor for Women in Recovery, and I continue to work with two national groups — SGIA and GPI — where we share issues, best practices and how to lead as a woman in manufacturing.
What is one thing women in the workplace could or should do to be supportive of their female colleagues?
Be positive, honest and lead with integrity and humility. There is no need for jealousy, and when you see outstanding work, praise it out loud.
What is the best business advice you can give in five seconds or less?
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” — Confucious
Do it with passion or not at all.
Who is a business person who has been a role model for you?
Our founder, Marjorie B. Conley (my grandmother), and Claudia Hamilton (my mother) both lead by example and gave me the critical foundation one needs in business. I also love Brene Brown. She rocks.