6 Female Leaders Who Will Inspire You to Kick Butt at Work (Photo Essay)

Girls hear loads about inequality within the office: how a lot much less we’re paid, how little alternative we’re given and the way a lot tougher we now have to struggle for our good points.

We should always hear extra about ladies who’re doing superior work.

Girls can anticipate to earn more cash than males in some jobs, and we’re extra seemingly than males to be in administration positions in additional than half of the industries measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

We discovered a few of these ladies operating companies and in management positions — and customarily kicking butt — across the Tampa Bay space.

They shared their tales and recommendation for others eager to observe of their footsteps.

Lisa Gilmore, Proprietor and Principal Designer of Lisa Gilmore Design

“Having free rein (over the fashion) is fairly cool. Having new shoppers coming in as a result of of it is vitally rewarding.”

Lisa Gimore poses in her office in St. Petersburg, FLA.
Lisa Gilmore poses in her workplace in St. Petersburg, Fla. Heather Comparetto/The Penny Hoarder

Gilmore went straight from highschool to varsity, the place she studied inside design. She labored for impartial designers in Central Florida and Chicago, then moved again to Florida in 2011 and launched Lisa Gilmore Design, her personal full-service design agency.

She thinks the business leans extra towards ladies however is seeing extra males get into it, noting varied aspects of inside design like architectural design that aren’t all about “fairly frilly issues.”

She says ladies could also be well-suited for the work as a result of inside design, particularly residential, is so private. “There’s a variety of rawness to it, so having compassion … is useful on this business.”

She jokes, “I’m not solely a designer, I’m (additionally) a wedding counselor, a monetary planner, a mediator…”

She works adjoining to the male-dominated building business, the place typically “you must overextend your self somewhat bit to show that you just perceive (building).” However she’s seen that enhance in her 10 years within the area.

“We’re in a extremely cool time that there are such a lot of ladies enterprise homeowners; it’s actually uplifting. Everybody type of cheers one another on.”

Brooke Boyd, Founding father of Hype Group

“There are a variety of decisions in life as a lady that that you must make. … You may actually stability life and work… undoubtedly don’t be afraid to do it.”

Brooke Boyd poses in her office in St. Petersburg, FLA.
Brooke Boyd poses in her workplace in St. Petersburg, Fla. Heather Comparetto/The Penny Hoarder

Boyd studied public relations on the College of Florida earlier than transferring into the promoting world professionally. She began the artistic communications company Hype Group in 2009 at age 26, bringing design, social media, public relations and branding underneath one roof.

“Anyone can get a level in something and be good at it,” she says, however she credit her mixed background as making her certified to run the distinctive agency.

Whereas she hasn’t confronted direct discrimination within the business as a younger lady, she does encounter individuals who don’t anticipate her to do her job nicely due to her age and gender.

She’s completely satisfied to show them incorrect.

Erin O’Neill, Folks and Tradition Supervisor at The Penny Hoarder

“Don’t hearken to the naysayers and the power-takers and the poopheads. Simply forge it and do it and be a boss, and don’t compromise who you might be.”

Erin O'neill jumps in The Penny Hoarder headquarters in St. Petersburg, FLA.
Erin O’Neill jumps in The Penny Hoarder headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla. Heather Comparetto/The Penny Hoarder

O’Neill took an unconventional path to her place main The Penny Hoarder’s distinctive HR division, however she makes an uncanny match for her self-created place.

She got here up on the monetary facet of enterprise and joined TPH as a part of its accounting employees. However as she was dealing with each HR and accounting for the startup, she finally leaned towards HR. She says this surprises a variety of males who selected easy numbers over sophisticated individuals.

“HR is actually concerning the human, not concerning the work product or the arduous abilities… it’s actually about them as an individual. Girls are higher nurturers, they’re higher supporters of individuals in numerous circumstances and so they have a extra delicate ear to among the points that come up in HR.”

The largest battle of her job is discovering the best “stability of TPH household and family-family.” For each, she performs the always-needed position of mom.

“I’m a mother … A whole lot of mothers have this perpetual sense of guilt: I’m not doing sufficient,” she says.

“I’m not doing sufficient at residence. I’m not doing sufficient at work. I’m not doing sufficient for myself. And spot the place I put myself… And I can’t inform you why we do (really feel that guilt), nevertheless it’s actual. And it’s not as a result of we’re attempting to be martyrs. It’s as a result of it’s an actual factor.”

However she does her greatest to remind herself what issues — or her household will.

“There are some weeks I burn the midnight oil an excessive amount of, and my Four-year-old will remind me of that.”

Angela Lanza, Senior Supervisor of Occasion Advertising at Amalie Enviornment

“I actually haven’t skilled any difficulties… I believe I simply had actually nice leaders displaying me the way in which alongside the way in which.”

Angela sits outside of Amalie Arena in Tampa, FLA.
Angela Lanza sits outdoors of Amalie Enviornment in Tampa, Fla. Heather Comparetto/The Penny Hoarder

Lanza began faculty as a world enterprise main, however shortly realized she wanted a artistic outlet and landed in promoting and public relations.

Although management is statistically dominated by ladies, she’s seen a stability of genders in her area. She thinks it has much less to do with the business and extra to do with the topic you’re selling.

For instance, “I come from a background the place I actually get pleasure from theater and occasions and Broadway, so this slot in completely. However not so many males have a tendency to actually like theater.”

She credit a lot of her success to the mentors who’ve helped her all through her training and profession. She recommends that anybody developing within the area tackle internships and discuss to individuals within the business to be taught what the work is like.

It could be intimidating, however she insists, “All you must do is ask. I believe lots of people are keen to take that point. You don’t know what you want or don’t like till you’re truly in it and check out it.”

Maureen Famiano, Government Producer of Nice Day Tampa Bay

“With producing, you may craft a whole present. It’s a clean slate, and you may craft. I just like the artistic a part of it.”

Maureen Famiano stands in the studio
Maureen Famiano stands within the Nice Day Tampa Bay Studio in St. Petersburg, FLA.

Famiano oversees the WTSP/Channel 10 morning leisure discuss present “Nice Day Tampa Bay.” She’s been in TV information for 33 years, following a standard path from reporter to anchor earlier than producing.

She lights up describing her work with the present. “It’s about showcasing nice (individuals) doing nice issues. … Applauding individuals who aren’t in search of it.”

To clarify her success within the enterprise, she says, “It’s really skill-based and creativity-based. It’s about what you convey to the desk, your potential to suppose outdoors the field,” which she says she does loads (possibly to the chagrin of her workforce).

She doesn’t really feel any pushback towards her authority as a lady, not even on this newsroom the place her predecessor was a person. However she is conscious when she’s chatting with the board or higher-ups that she’s usually dealing with teams of all males.

It doesn’t deter her.

“It’s about being passionate,” she says. “Be aggressive. Imagine in no matter you’re attempting to inform individuals, and the remainder I believe will take its course.”

Kristina Alspaw, VP of Tourism for Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce

Kristina Apslaw at Hyatt in Clearwater Beach, FLA.
Kristina Apslaw stands outdoors the Hyatt in Clearwater Seashore, Fla.

Kristina Alspaw has a knack for getting jobs that don’t exist.

“Once I observed tourism was such an enormous up-and-coming sector in St. Pete (Florida), and neither town nor the Chamber had a place centered on the customer expertise as soon as they have been right here, I met with the top of the Chamber.”

She performed a examine to show the necessity for a concentrate on the customer expertise. “He beloved it a lot, he created a job for me.”

She later moved into an analogous place in Clearwater, Florida, which hadn’t existed in years.

Alspaw’s job is more and more necessary as vacationers depend on word-of-mouth, reasonably than advertising, for vacation spot suggestions. Whereas town nonetheless markets itself, it additionally understands the necessity for her place, which focuses on what occurs as soon as guests truly get there.

“It’s all behind-the-scenes issues that you just assume simply occur on their very own. We’re those behind the scenes,” she says.

Alspaw’s workforce does the whole lot from operating customer facilities and managing particular occasions to connecting group companies for cross-promotion and advocating to native authorities on behalf of native companies.

She says the hospitality business is fairly balanced between women and men, although some sectors have a tendency to draw extra of 1 gender or the opposite.

“I really feel very fortunate to be in an business the place ladies usually are not handled in another way or separate,” she says.

She credit previous generations for making progress and paving the way in which for ladies in management positions now. “The gender hole and the wage hole is regularly diminishing. I’m excited, as a result of for the primary time, we’re in a era the place shattering the glass ceiling is completely a actuality.”

She additionally thinks typically “ladies’s biggest problem is different ladies.” Girls in enterprise can compete and maintain one another down, she says, usually greater than even males maintain ladies down.

“You as a younger skilled (lady) have a selection as to which facet of that wall to be on,” she advises. “You may struggle with one another and sabotage one another, or you may help and mentor one another.”

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Heather Comparetto (IG: heatheretto) is a photographer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s exhibited her pictures internationally, loves the ocean, and enjoys espresso and tacos (however not collectively).

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a employees author at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Submit, Entrepreneur.com, Author’s Digest and extra, making an attempt humor wherever it’s allowed (and typically the place it’s not).

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