Last month, I was honored to be named a 2018 Outstanding Woman of Family Business by The Warren Group editorial board. What made the event even more special than the recognition itself was being able to share it with my family, including my husband, my sisters, and my mother, all by my side.
Although she doesn’t work in the office furniture industry, or in retail, my mother has taught me volumes, including many lessons that shape my experiences every day. One of the biggest lessons I learned from my mom was how to treat others – in her interactions with others, especially those she has only first met, she conveys kindness, honesty, and genuine interest, all while letting her good sense of humor shine through. For those she knows well and is especially close with, she exudes love and respect – we always know how much we mean to her (and that’s a wonderful feeling!).
She also has a great sense of style, and helped mold mine from an early age. I owe my appreciation for and talent with design in large part to her.
Although I’ve never worked with my mom in a professional sense, I have learned from her how to treat my co-workers, and my clients. It is this early and continual influence that has made me the woman I am today.
On Mother’s Day, and every day – thanks mom!