We want to honor the achievements of one woman in particular who is doing just that in the Moving & Storage industry…Mrs. Dominique Reighard Brooks.
Meet Dominique Reighard-Brooks.
And, that’s exactly what she did.
Dominique’s Key to Success with E.E. Ward
In an interview, Dominique reflects on her personal experiences and imparts valuable wisdom that led her to thrive as a successful woman of color in a male-dominated industry.
northAmerican: What does this business mean to you?
nA: What has been your experience as a woman owner, particularly a black woman owner, in the moving industry – an industry dominated by men?
D: I feel very fortunate to be a part of the northAmerican Van Lines network. Over the years, I have felt the spirit of inclusion and a sense of being welcome “at the table.” I attribute my experience to the fact that northAmerican Van Lines has women in management positions and the women owners in the agent network are very involved with many of our agent committees.
nA: Do you think companies benefit from having more women in leadership roles—if so, why?
We must view diversity as an advantage if we want to continue to close the gender gap, create the right culture, and a brighter future for all. We must never forget that our differences make an organization's collaborations more dynamic and cutting edge.
nA: What advice would you give to other young women of color entering male-dominated or predominately-white industries?
I really would like to encourage women of all walks of life not to get stuck or become complacent. Women have incredible gifts, talents, ideas, and creativity; the moving industry would only become stronger if more women had seats at the decision-making tables.
nA: What motivates you?
Imagining an outstanding outcome or a next-level success is where my mind charts a course as I expect only good things and more wisdom to come out of difficult times. When I am faced with obstacles, I refuse to worry or concern myself with things that I can't control. I shift energy and focus on what I can control or create! It is an empowering moment when we learn that our choices can shift our energy into creating new experiences for self and others. I challenge everyone in challenging times to take steps, no matter how small or big in the direction that you truly want to go.
nA: What do you attribute to your success?
nA: And finally, what can the world expect next from Dominique Reighard-Brooks?
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