Someone asked me the other day, if I could choose remarkable women who paved the way for equal pay, who might I choose. Very tough question as I can think of thousands of women who have influenced policy, blazoned paths for social awareness, affected environmental regulations and so much more.
Yet today is equal pay day. A day to celebrate those who brought forth great courage to help women progress in the workforce. With that in mind, I’m honored to celebrate a woman who paved the path for career success before me. That woman is Cari Dominguez, who is nationally recognized for her expertise in public policymaking, workforce issues and corporate governance. Having served as the former Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor and as Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, she then became the architect of the Labor Department’s Glass Ceiling Initiative, which was designed to remove from the workplace invisible barriers affecting the advancement of women and underrepresented groups. And fortunate for me, she is also a member of Circa’s Board of Directors.
As one of four women on Circa’s Leadership team, I’m grateful to Cari and the thousands of women whose visionary ideals and bravery not only inspire, but also have given me strength and perseverance throughout my 30+-year career to not let anything keep me down or get in my way. I know I am not alone when I say thank you for leading the way. I could not have made it this far without exceptional leaders who took risks and created safe havens of rewards.