Written by Megan Ryan, Barton Malow Company-
On Wednesday, September 13th, the Women’s Leadership Initiative gathered at Blue Hill Tavern to participate in a panel discussion with three women business owners, Chickie Grayson, Enterprise Homes, Joan Floura, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects and Denise Sullivan, Urban Green Environmental. With the discussion moderated by Alice Storm Jones, also of Floura Teeter, the panelists discussed how they came to own a business, common misconceptions about their chosen profession, their love for the Baltimore community and advice they would give other business owners. Each panelist had a different level of experience and shared mistakes they learned from and suggestions for each other. The discussion was largely centered on the importance of mentors, relationships, and hard work.
Each panelist agreed they were unaware of all the challenges of business ownership but working hard and hiring the right people are key to success. Mentors become invaluable assets in extending your career and solving problems that seem impossible. The panelists also discussed the challenges for women in the industry, noting that the industry has made advances but has not reached equality. Women have a tendency to fall victim to “Imposter Syndrome,” in which successful women view themselves as unworthy and fear being unmasked as a fraud. Chickie, Joan and Denise’s advice is to be the most prepared person in the room, trust your intuition and keep moving forward.
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