Female Spherion Owners Share Their Advice as Women in Business 

We recently recognized our hardworking women owners here at Spherion by inviting several of them to take part in a panel discussion in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Together, they shared their insights on navigating the world as women in business – read on to check out some of their advice, and be sure to watch our video series on LinkedIn to hear more from these inspiring women!

What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? – VIDEO

“Don’t go at it alone… you can obtain so much more in a partnership versus going at it alone.” – Diana Schafer, Owner of Spherion Madison

Can you describe a challenge that arose because you were a woman in a leadership role? – VIDEO 

“We tend as women to want to be everything to everybody. We’re moms, we’re wives, we’re business owners. Trying to juggle and do it all—get the kids out to a soccer game, get mom to her doctor’s appointment—has always been a challenge… for us, it’s real personal, but we’ve made it work.” – Angela Swarts, Owner of Spherion Augusta

How do you stay centered in terms of work/life balance? – VIDEO 

“I start out every morning, no matter what, by going for a walk. I walk for at least 30 minutes, if not longer, and I call it my walk of gratitude. During that time I just try to focus on the positives, personally and professionally. It’s my alone time and it allows me to then also think about my day. I think you start it off right when you’re always thinking about what all the great things are.” – Marme Kopp, Owner of Spherion Jacksonville

What advice do you have for other women considering entrepreneurship? – VIDEO

“You’re going to work very hard. But, it’s going to be working for yourself, and there’s just so much more meaning to it when the results stay in your bank account instead of someone else’s bank account.” – Ann Miller, Owner of Spherion offices in Minnesota and Iowa 

And, check out this video where Ann Miller explains how humor can be an effective sales and leadership trait!

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