Employees Give Advice to Aspiring Female Leaders; Consumers Energy Celebrates Women’s History Month

At Consumers Energy: every second counts, every person counts and every contribution counts. We describe our workforce as a melting pot of different perspectives—and that’s something that sets our company apart, leading to success at our jobs and in our communities.

In celebration of  Women’s History Month, we asked a few of our employees to answer this question:

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring female leaders?

“My advice to aspiring female leaders is threefold. First, know your business. This means understanding the success drivers for your area of responsibility and putting actions in place to achieve that success. Second, collaborate with your peers. Your colleagues will give you support and insight into how you are doing on your plan for success. Third, celebrate the successes of your team.  Employees need to hear that you value their contributions.”

-Mary Palkovich
Vice President of Energy Delivery

 

 

 

 


Teresa Hatcher
Teresa Hatcher

 

“I go to a quote from Marisa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo:

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”

At times we, as women, can doubt ourselves and think, ‘maybe, I am not ready’ but never limit yourself, find what inspires you and go for it!”

-Teresa Hatcher
Director of Distribution Operations & Engineering & Transmission Strategy

 

 

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Stephanie Watson
Stephanie Watson

 

“Consider every opportunity you are presented, no matter how far-fetched it may seem. Never be afraid to fail– from failure comes great learning opportunities.”

-Stephanie Watson
Senior Engineer I

 

 

 

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Nora Marrakchi
Nora Marrakchi

 

“A key to solid and strong leadership is trust and for that, leaders must be consistent. As women we tend to wear a number of hats, but with that generally comes the tendency to compartmentalize our lives and elements of self. Who is to say that the person you are out of the office should be different than the one in the office? I would encourage women to not make excuses of the “full” person they are and to bring “her” entirely forward. Perhaps she will not only discover that skillsets outside the office can be leveraged effectively in it and vice versa. Perhaps the pressure that accompanies compartmentalization would free her to be more secure, confident, effective, consistent and most importantly genuine!”

-Nora Marrakchi
Business Support Counselor II

 

 

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Garrick-Rochow
Garrick Rochow

 

“There is amazing power in people – it thrives in you and those around you. A leader’s responsibility is to create the environment where it will flourish.”

– Garrick Rochow
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Customer Experience, Rates & Regulation, and Quality

 

 

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Megan Brown
Megan Brown

“The two best pieces of advice I’ve ever received:

  1. Never stop asking questions – You have a seat at the table for a reason, keep pondering the important questions and never stop asking WHY.
  2. Do not dim your light to make someone else feel bright – You are not serving the organization or the world if you’re not being the best and most authentic version of yourself each day.”

-Megan Brown
Director of Strategic Communications & Planning

 

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Lorraine Diaz
Lorraine Diaz

 

“Don’t limit yourself. Regardless of your background or experience, don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new role or area of the business. Stretch yourself by taking every opportunity that is presented to you; special projects, volunteer activities, or committees. Don’t close any doors.”

-Lorraine Diaz
Continuous Improvement Leader

 

 

 

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Sherrie Bradley
Sherrie Bradley

“Toot your own horn! Don’t be modest about your accomplishments and achievements. Women should start by recognizing their contributions to the workplace. Too often we take our own excellence for granted. Speak up in meetings. Share your successes. Don’t be humble. Take credit for your extraordinary achievements and responsibility for your career trajectory.”

-Sherrie Bradley
Call Center Team Leader

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What advice would you give to aspiring female leaders? Comment Below.

2 Comments

  1. Think about the end results, now do what it takes to get there… Apply it to everything in your life and you will “eventually” your goals will be met!

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