Thursday, October 29, 2009
|It was just last week that I was standing in front of a room full of ladies to recognize Remarkable Women who have made incredible strides in business and embody the spirit of courage, hope and inspiration amid periods of financial uncertainty.
This annual gathering by the National Association of Women Business Owners inspires me to see how women are carving out a strong position in the marketplace, which, in turn, gives me a vision for what my daughters can achieve in the future. The road has been paved for them to pursue a career in the industry of their choice and to not be confined by the gender roles that have suppressed women in the past.
I think of this as I jump on a plane to visit my teenage daughter who is going to school in Pennsylvania. She is bright, dynamic and incredibly intelligent. I can see her striving to be a mover and shaker as a business owner or executive in a thriving institution, and I’m excited at the limitless possibilities she has ahead of her. I am proud of who she is and what she has accomplished thus far. And I look forward to her making an impact in her community and business in the future.
This year, each of our F&M branches in Orange County is recognizing a businesswoman through our Women of Courage program. Our mission is to continue the spirit of celebrating courageous women as the theme sponsor for NAWBO-O.C.’s Remarkable Women event. Our 2009 Women of Courage are:
Agnes Green, Green’s Discount Glass
Janet Newman Ferguson, Newman Backhoe Inc.
Robin Matherson, Mission Motorsports
Annette Derosa, Blenders and Soft Serve Inc.
Jeanne Scott, The Waffle Lady
Leslie Siegel, California Closet Co.
Katherine Litton, self-employed real estate investor
Diane Adams-Rehrig, Diane R. Adams Insurance Agency
Renee Ramos-Hitzel, Program Management International Inc. (PMI)
Jenny Rosoff, Village Green Foods
We will honor these 10 extraordinary women who have shown tenacity – many in the face of formidable challenges – at F&M’s Women of Courage breakfast in Tustin on Oct. 29. I encourage you to celebrate Remarkable Women Month by acknowledging the inspiring women in your life.