“What is…” Wednesday – What is it to be a Woman in Business?

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Honoree Dr. Coral Quiet (a client) and her team during the 2011 Phoenix Business Journal Women in Business Event Cocktail Hour

Last night, Abbie and I had the opportunity to be a part of the Phoenix Business Journal’s 10th Annual “Women in Business” Celebration.

It was a very special night for us as two of our clients – Dr. Coral Quiet and Stella Shanovich – were among the 25 honorees.

A little music video of the night’s events is available here.

Honoree Stella Shanovich and her Grant Thornton team members

The event had a very cool feature last night where the Phoenix Business Journal’s own Don Henninger and Ilana Lowery asked each of the honorees a “grab bag” question on the spot as they accepted their awards.

In addition to all of the fabulous information above, in honor of Coral and Stella, today’s official “What is…” Wednesday is my take on “What is it to be a Woman in Business?”

To me, it isn’t about being a woman in business at all. It’s actually about NOT being seen as a woman in business someday. One of the honorees last night made it a point to talk about how her parents raised her to purposely never think she couldn’t do anything a man could do – mine did the same.

HMA's own Abbie S. Fink with the Phoenix Business Journal's Jan Buchholz and Lesley Sargent

While I stand behind any celebration of women, I am also excited for the day when things like Katie Couric being named the first female evening news anchor without a co-anchor isn’t news at all. I’m done with firsts for women – bring on the 50th’s 100th’s and million milestones!

I (and Abbie agrees) also think that when things are equal that maybe there should be a “Men in Business” celebration as well. This hit me last night as I listened to so many honorees talk about the men and women who helped them get to where they are today. If I was up on that stage last night, I would be remiss if not thanking my male coaches, sponsors and mentors – of which there are many just as with the women in my life – as well.

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
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  1. I, too, look forward to the day when we no longer have women only events. We are business leaders and should be recognized for our accomplishments — gender shouldn’t be a factor any longer.

  2. I completely agree with the the hope that someday we won’t see the segregation of business events for women. While I recognize the extra effort women have had to make to break into the world of business (I came into the world of business in the early 80s, and I’m grateful to have seen phenomenal change) ,I think we will have finally arrived when we honor the way we–women and men–all do business together. That being said, I recently had the honor of meeting Stella and her passion for supporting women in her business sector is inspiring and contagious. I’m glad for those with her spirit who see the value in lifting up their colleagues and reinforcing that the best teams comprise good people who want to do great things together–regardless of gender.

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