Young professional encourages confidence
Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series of stories profiling local female professionals.
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“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.”
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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
Anna Rutledge, of Glenside, is a program content coordinator at LRA Worldwide Inc., a researching and consulting company based in Horsham.