As a female small business owner, I sometimes find that brainstorming with other women is vital to my business success, personal growth and mental sanity. One of the best places to do this is at VOICES. The membership networking group is a comprehensive rolodex of mid-Missouri’s most successful women. These women own businesses, run businesses, or have key jobs in them. VOICES is my dream network.
I was recently featured in the VOICES bi-weekly online newsletter. The article is part of a series entitled, “Ten Questions Answered by a Successful Woman”. I am honored to be in such outstanding company and have posted several excerpts from the article below. If you would like to see the full story, it is available on the VOICES website.
What is something you wish you could change about yourself?
I can be a bit of a know-it-all about Columbia. I love this city and have investigated so many questions for newcomers over the years that I cannot help spurting out knowledge when asked a question … and sometimes when that person wasn’t even talking to me!
What surprises has your career path held along the way?
After we moved overseas, I found out that accompanying spouses couldn’t get working papers or a job. That was a real shock, especially given that I had just completed my MBA at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Bizarrely, my husband’s office paid me “not to work” and I spent the time off taking painting classes, studying French and learning practical things like how to throw a last minute dinner party for 12.
If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would your dream job be?
I feel like I have my dream job. I get to paid to chat with people about my favorite restaurants, shops, businesses, friends, culture and social groups that make Columbia the most special place to live.