Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day and the entire month of March is Women’s History Month. In the wake of a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted women in the workplace, today marks a unique opportunity to recognize the immeasurable contributions women make in our professional and personal lives.

Industrious would not be in the position it is today without the women employees who work tirelessly to provide flexible workspace experiences that make a meaningful difference for our member companies and partners.

To commemorate this occasion, Industrious polled women employees across the organization to share the advice that’s made the biggest impact in their careers. Here’s what they had to say.

“Own 51% of your own career. While it’s great to look within the company for learning, development, and growth, you should be agile, growth-oriented, and entrepreneurial about your own learning. That could mean finding mentors, finding conferences to attend, or staying on the lookout for new tools and apps to integrate.”

— Shari Chernack, VP of People

“Find a place to work where you can show up as your authentic self – no code-switching necessary.”

— Minari Karunatilake, Brand Partnerships

“Growing up, I thought I wanted to be a journalist so my Mom coached me in to summarizing “who, what, when, where, why, and how” whenever I needed to convey something important. This quick thought is something that has served me well in business. Sometimes, you need to take it to the basics when you’re thinking through complex challenges or opportunities!”

— Jen Reilly Kelmer, Area Manager

“The most impactful career advice I’ve received was early into my first job after college. My Director shared a great way to set my own career path is to be fully present and train hard in my current role. He said “After 1 year, you should be comfortable in what you do. By your 2nd year, you should be a master in your role, and start considering what’s next.” Self-empowerment is the name of the game!”

— Lauren Carter, Community Manager

“Be kind and helpful, and you’ll become known as someone people want to work with.”

— Sophia de Oliveira, Hospitality Associate

“Do not be afraid to set boundaries and be vocal about them – whether it is about your kid’s schedule, ability/desire to reply to late-night messages, or your capacity to take on that one more project. Being honest with yourself and others around you will help you feel more confident and empowered, while also opening discussion with your peers and leaders about where you could use support.”

— Marie Adrian, Director of Network Operations