Young pro­fes­sional en­cour­ages con­fi­dence

The Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Jar­reau Free­man

Edi­tor’s note: This is the first ar­ti­cle in a se­ries of sto­ries pro­fil­ing lo­cal fe­male pro­fes­sion­als.

2nH RI WhH PRVW GLI­fi­cuOW GHcLVLRnV Glen­side res­i­dent Anna Rut­ledge said she had to make was to leave her job.

“FHHOLnJ cRn­fiGHnW HnRuJh WR VHDUch for an­other job, when I re­al­ized what , wDV GRLnJ wDV nRW D JRRG fiW IRU PH, was hard,” she said July 9. “When you have a job and it’s fairly sta­ble, it’s a big risk to try and do some­thing else, es­pe­cially in this day and age.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Tem­ple UniYHUVLWy Ln 2009 wLWh D GHJUHH Ln EnJOLVh, 5uWOHGJH, 26, ODnGHG hHU fiUVW MRb out of col­lege as an ac­count ex­e­cuWLYH DW D 3hLODGHOShLD PDUNHWLnJ fiUP where she was even­tu­ally pro­moted to ac­count man­ager. How­ever, af­ter two years, she re­al­ized the job was not right for her.

“Al­though col­lege is help­ful in strength­en­ing your breath of knowl­edge and help­ing you man­age your time, I don’t think it’s good at teach­ing you how to get ahead in the work­place,” she said. “School is there to give you ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to prove you know some­thing, whereas in a busi­ness … no one is [giv­ing you] the op­por­tu­ni­ties to show what you can do. You kind of have to go for it and that can be un­com­fort­able.”

“Go­ing for it” is the very thing WhDW FDcHbRRN ChLHI 2SHUDWLnJ 2Ifi­cer Cheryl Sand­berg has chal­lenged wRPHn Ln RI­ficHV DcURVV WhH cRunWUy to do. In her New York Times best seller “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” she en­cour­ages women of all back­grounds and pro­fes­sions to take own­er­ship of their abil­i­ties and am­bi­tions in the work­place.

“We [women] hold our­selves back in ways both big and small, by lack­LnJ VHOI-cRn­fiGHncH, by nRW UDLVLnJ RuU hands and by pulling back when we should be lean­ing in,” she wrote in her book.

Rut­ledge ad­mit­ted it took her a whLOH WR IHHO cRn­fiGHnW wLWh hHU GHcL­sion to leave her job but said it was a risk worth tak­ing.

Last Au­gust, Rut­ledge was hired as a pro­gram con­tent co­or­di­na­tor at LRA World­wide Inc., a Hor­sham-based re­search­ing and con­sult­ing com­pany. Aside from en­joy­ing the work she does and the peo­ple she works with, she is cul­ti­vat­ing the skills she needs to be the leader she aims to be. One wDy VhH LV UHfinLnJ WhRVH VNLOOV LV through ad­vice from her col­league and men­tor, LRA Vice Pres­i­dent of Ac­count Strat­egy Richard Reilly.

“I don’t think [you] al­ways have to look up to a woman,” she said. “Now, in lead­er­ship roles, there are fewer women than men, and if there is a man you see as your men­tor I think you should feel com­fort­able reach­ing out

Mont­gomery Me­dia staff photo / SCOTT RO­MAN

Anna Rut­ledge, of Glen­side, is a pro­gram con­tent co­or­di­na­tor at LRA World­wide Inc., a re­search­ing and con­sult­ing com­pany based in Hor­sham.

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