O.W.E. Encourages Local Businesswomen Success


O.W.E. Encourages Local Businesswomen Success

Organization of Women Executives 9.20.18The orchids grow in the woods and they let out their fragrance even if there is no one around to appreciate it. Likewise, men of noble character will not let poverty deter their will to be guided by high principles and morals.Confucius

Orchids are known for representing things like love, beauty, refinement, thoughtfulness, charm and especially elegance. Pink orchids especially have an association with grace, joy, happiness and femininity. With that, it is no surprise that the pink orchid would find its way onto luncheon places at the Sept. 20 monthly meeting for the Organization of Women Executives in McAllen.

This is an organization which dedicates itself to advancing the education and networking of women executives though research, discussion and the exchange of information. This creates an environment free of unfriendly competition, while promoting better business relation through a true spirit of cooperation between professionals.

This months panelists included Rosie Rodriguez, independent senior sales director for Mary Kay; Joanne Perez, vice president at IBC Bank; and Gladis Trevino, vice president at IBC Bank. All three of these women have been O.W.E. members since 2008. Board member Edna Posada was the moderator for the meeting.

Organization of Women Executives 9.20.18To begin, its important to know how being members of Organization of Women Executives has benefited these professional ladies in advancing their careers.

Perez states, Its honestly very simple. Its meeting wonderful women. Ive met people that genuinely care for me. Since weve been members, Gladis and I have both been promoted in our careers.

Trevino agreed that she too has met a lot of ladies that have helped me to grow.

An interesting fact brought up is that women are not typically board members of the various organizations they may belong to. However, these ladies offered advice to help change that, saying how we really need to have more women serve on boards.and how to just get in there and get a position.

Perez encourages that O.W.E. is a board that really helps each other out. There are so many ways to support each other. When you feel comfortable, youre good at what you do.She reminds women of all ages everywhere: Dont be afraid. Have confidence. Youve got to start somewhere.

Organization of Women Executives 9.20.18Posada stated that if a man only feels 65 percent qualified for a position he will apply, a woman needs to feel 100% qualified to apply.” This leads to advice to women that even if you dont feel 100 percent qualified, apply. Its time to start thinking like a manin the sense of having the confidence to go for it, even if youre a tad unsure.

The panelists were asked what advice they would give to their younger selves.

I would have liked to get more involved and take that step. O.W.E. has helped me a lot in that area of gaining self-confidence,Trevino responded.

Perez mentioned how besides having a baby, starting a business was the second best thing she has done in her life. Rodriguez advises women everywhere not to run your business on your emotions. Leave the emotions aside.” She continued communication and connecting have helped me a lot with my business.

For more scenes from the Organization of Women Executives luncheon, visit Valley Business Report’s photo gallery.

Stefania Trimboli is a Harlingen native who moved to Austin out of high school to attend culinary school and then went on to work at the Ritz-Carlton in Las Vegas. She later returned with her husband to the Valley where they bought a small BBQ restaurant which they have been running for five years. They also briefly published enCORE, a magazine highlighting the art and music scene in the Rio Grande Valley, where she specialized in travel journalism. Trimboli serves on the Downtown Improvement District board of directors, Harlingen Farmer's Market board and Healthy Harlingen Initiative. She is currently attending TSTC with plans to transfer to UTRGV to earn a bachelor of arts. After ten years of cooking professionally, Stefania wants to start a new chapter following a passion she's had since she was a young girl, photojournalism.