Words of Wisdom

You are on the spot: Make a decision. Those decisions that you make are going to fall into a bell curve. Some will be super; some maybe can be done better. Most will be in the middle.”
Mary Lou Powell, Rex Healthcare,
2008 honoree

Balance is relative. I truly believe you can have it all, you just may not be able to have it all at the same time, and it may not look like what your neighbors have. But you’ve got to decide what’s truly important to you.”
Cynthia Marshall,
AT&T North Carolina, 2010 honoree

Success is an aftereffect, not a goal. My intention has always been to create value and make the world a better place.”
Ping Fu, Geomagic,
2010 honoree

So many times taking a risk leads us to do things better, even if the risk results in failure. I consider not seizing opportunities as more of a failure.
Pat Bazemore, Town of Cary Police, 2005 honoree

“I like to challenge people. When the standard is high, you get better results. Doing what you have always done will get you what you have always gotten.”
Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Progress Energy, 2005 honoree

“Talent and intelligence are one thing, but perseverance and hard work are by far the most critical contributions to success.
Kerry Chandler, MD, Wake Radiology, 2011 honoree

Have a low tolerance for complainers. It gets you nowhere. If you run up against a barrier, you have to do something about it.”
Judge Ann Marie Calabria, N.C. Appeals Court,
2007 honoree

“Whether it’s age, sex, nationality, race or even behavioral types, when you get a solid, diverse team, it provides your best opportunity to see an issue from all sides and develop the best solution.
Barbara Mulkey, Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, 2008 honoree

Always challenge yourself. That makes life very exciting. Every single day of my life I should be happy about what I do and happy about what I’m trying to achieve.”
Sepideh Asefnia, SEPI Engineering Group, 2009 honoree

The more smart people you surround yourself with the better it makes you look.
Sheila Ogle, The Matthews House, 2005 honoree

Volunteering is a great way to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet.
Virginia Anthony, Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, 2010 honoree

Find something you love and are passionate about. Almost everyone has something, something that drives them creatively and gives them a sense of joy.”
Billie Redmond, Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, 2009 honoree

“There is a wider acceptance of women in most fields today. Of course, there are still stereotypes, and we are different. We need to foster a greater appreciation of the strengths and differences we have to allow us to work harmoniously.
Judy Fourie, J. Fourie & Co., 2006 honoree

You have to understand where you’re com­ing from to understand where you’re going.
Ann Denlinger,
Wake Education Partnership, 2008 honoree

Put family first. There’s plenty of time in a person’s life to accomplish everything. If you are stressed out trying to balance family and work, you’re really cheating yourself.”
Ann Goodnight,
The Umstead Hotel & Spa, 2005 honoree

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