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Here is an excerpt from Wendy's interview.
I’ve held my role as Preferred Sales’ inside sales manager for five years. I started my career in outside sales with PSI. After becoming a mom to my first son, who had severe special needs, I decided my career needed to head in another direction. PSI created a remote inside sales role for me in 2012, and the rest is history.
After I graduated college, I worked for a water company during the day and bartended during evenings and weekends. I was approached by our co-owner and now Vice President of Sales Michelle Lewnes-Dadas in 2004, but it was not until 2006 that I accepted a position. Michelle saw my work ethic and determination and said, “Bartending is just like sales, and you’re a great bartender.”
My biggest highlight is transitioning from outside to inside sales and then to a leadership role while working primarily remotely. I also have trainings with every employee who comes to work for PSI, and I am proud that I have helped in the development of our team and onboarding process.
The biggest mentor of my life is my mother. I also have had the privilege of having Michelle as a colleague, leader and friend.
I have found passion in mentorship by volunteering. I am the vice president of our Partners in Education program at our son’s school, which is made up of mostly working moms. I have been a confidant of several special needs moms within this community. I find that working mothers in today’s world have a wealth of knowledge to share, especially with our upcoming generation of young professional women.
Making sure we are recruiting and not limiting our views on diversity is a huge component of our future. I also feel social media presence will play a big role in women moving forward in the industry.
I am grateful to be among the past and present honorees who have been rocking this industry. Being a part of this elite crew of women is truly amazing.