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Friday, 16 March 2018 18:45

WIN Event Highlights Talent Development, Career Management in Collision Industry

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During the WIN event, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about WIN and listen to an interactive panel discussion. During the WIN event, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about WIN and listen to an interactive panel discussion.

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How networking can make a difference:


“Being part of professional associations and networking with organizations like WIN can help both professionally and personally. It is a great way to learn more about the industry and get outside your comfort zone,” said Kingstrom.

 

Wagner shared information about two professional organizations she belongs to outside of her company and how that participation is valuable.

 

“It has helped me navigate situations and network with people in my field,” she said. “Have a no-fear attitude about approaching women you respect in the field and never underestimate the value of a mentor.”

 

How to deal with work-life balance:


Each of the panelists talked about work-life balance and what it meant to them personally, then reminded attendees to define their own balance as well.

 

“Working mothers tend to shoulder a lot of guilt and feel like we are never good enough at home or on the job because time is so limited,” said Wagner. “We have to release the guilt and focus on the example we are setting for our children by being mothers and providing for our families.”

 

How to manage others:


Rittinger said that as a millennial, it’s important for her to have a purpose.

 

“That doesn’t mean someone has to give me one. I want my manager to explain the ‘why’ to me, which allows me to find my purpose,” she said.

 

She said rather than receiving “marching orders,” it is more motivating to understand why a decision was made.


WIN is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, developing and cultivating opportunities to attract women to collision repair while recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and fostering a network among the women who are shaping the industry.

 

To join WIN or renew membership, visit https://thewomensindustrynetwork.site-ym.com/default.asp and click on “Join WIN” at the top of the page.


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