As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, this week’s spotlight shifts to yet another of our valued team members at Goodwill of Greater Washington.
After a long sting in “regular” retail, Anita came to Goodwill for a change in lifestyle. She is very family-oriented and saw that Goodwill valued giving associates time off to be with family – something lacking in her previous positions where she felt over-worked and lacked time to spend with family.
Q: What are some of the obstacles you faced as a woman in your career journey?
AD: Being a younger woman in management has been a hardship and an obstacle – you have to earn people’s trust and show you’re in a position for a reason. I have always been the youngest on my teams and because of my petite size, people often ask: “How is this little girl working faster and working harder than the guys?” Women can work with the guys and do a man’s job. I’m going to prove that I can do it – I can do anything a man can do (Editor’s note: Anita is quite adept at operating a forklift).
Q: How do you approach leadership?
AD: A hands-on approach to management is the best. Don’t feel stuck. And, communicate – that’s the best way to build a team.
Q: What do you like about working at Goodwill?
AD: I love that our customers have stories. I love our staff and our teamwork – Goodwill is like family. I also love that at Goodwill, we get to have down time and that you get to have breaks. I do not feel stressed at work. (Editor’s Note: Anita’s staff describes her as outgoing and like a mother.)
Q: Any mentors?
AD: Yes, one of my biggest mentors is my grandmother. She’s 100 and it’s a blessing to hear her history and about her hardships. I talk to her daily.
Q: Family is so important to you, what about yours?
AD: I’ve been with my fiancé for eight years now. I have a son and a daughter and…another one on the way VERY soon! We love to travel and I’m a BIG sneaker head. I’ve gotten some great rare finds at Goodwill stores on http://www.shopgoodwill.com/
Q: What are some of your favorite quotes?
AD: “Family is the most important thing.” “Never give up, never say I can’t.” “You can’t get it unless you fail.” “Everything happens for a reason.”
Anita is one of the many strong, successful women that make working at Goodwill of Greater Washington so rewarding – for us, our customers and our mission. Thank you, Anita, for your spirit and your compassion.
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