“The 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 month’s 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.
To begin, it’s important to know how being members of Organization of Women Executives has benefited these professional ladies in advancing their careers.
Perez states, “It’s honestly very simple. It’s meeting wonderful women. I’ve met people that genuinely care for me. Since we’ve 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, you’re good at what you do.” She reminds women of all ages everywhere: “Don’t be afraid. Have confidence. You’ve got to start somewhere.”
Posada 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 don’t feel 100 percent qualified, apply. It’s time to start “thinking like a man” in the sense of having the confidence to go for it, even if you’re 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.”