This post is sponsored by Glenlivet but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I launched The B Werd over 3 years ago, although I’d landed my corporate job right after graduation. Over time, I’ve been so grateful to have had the opportunities to grow my brand to such an extent that taking it full-time is a realistic option. However, entrepreneurship was never my goal. I love my job and the work that I do and more importantly, I love being a woman in my industry. Most of you know that I do PR work for an engineering firm here in Houston. Most of you also know that engineering is a field that’s dominated by older white males, as are many other of the top industries. While it can be intimidating, it’s even more rewarding. I have learned to love being a woman in my position. Being the only woman in many rooms and the only woman at most tables has helped me realize how valuable it is for us to be in those positions. It’s so important for women to be involved in important conversations and decision making while shattering the preconceived notion of what our roles should be.
During the first year of my career I attended an event that two of my VP’s were also at. After the presentation I saw them standing at the bar and knew that I wanted to begin building not just a rapport, but also a long lasting impression. I walked over and squeezed by them so that I could order a drink and begin the conversation. Shortly after my bartender handed me my glass, one of them asked “what are you drinking?”. I responded “whiskey, neat.” And his exact response? “Impressive. So am I.” The conversation flowed so naturally from there and after that encounter, I was involved in more and more meetings, decision making processes and client opportunities.
I value that I’m in a position to challenge assumptions and break barriers on a daily basis in my personal life and in my career. Coincidentally, enjoying whiskey has been a bridge between me and the usual men who have been making those important decisions all of this time even when they assume that we have nothing in common. I get crazy looks when I’m the only woman seated at the bar with a glass of whiskey, but drinking whiskey has literally allowed me a seat at the table. Glenlivet 12 year was actually introduced to me by a former CEO of mine and I’ve loved it ever since. I can especially appreciate that they are a brand that stands behind breaking preconceived notions about who should be enjoying their whiskey.
So here’s to Women Who Whiskey. The women who break rules and do things their way. The women who don’t back down and adapt in unpredictable ways. Let’s raise a glass to that.