January 15th, 2014
Last month, NAFE honored Johnson & Johnson’s Sandi Peterson as its 2013 Woman of the Year. We invited two employees, both members of our Women’s Leadership Initiative, to attend the awards ceremony and share their thoughts with us.
Nina Zalah, IT Analyst, Enterprise Business Solutions
I was so proud to have a seat at the table with such amazing leaders! The stories that all of the NAFE winners told were inspirational and it’s remarkable to me how much they have accomplished in their careers. I realized how human each of them are, which made them seem so authentic and even more impressive as leaders.
One idea that stood out to me is that we should not classify ourselves in a different category as “female leaders.” Our mission as women in the corporate world should be to get rid of those differentiators and have people ask us questions about our career and success, rather than just our roles as women and moms. I also learned that being a role model is more important than being a sponsor or a mentor. A role model is someone you aspire to be, and you strive to emulate their actions and decisions. That idea changed the way I think about mentoring.