Girl Power

Being a woman in leadership has its challenges, no matter the size or shape of the organization.

Looking for inspiration for your own daily journey? Check out these words of wisdom from some of Garner’s most successful women on making life work, at work and at home. 

President, Anfesa’s Jewelers, home of The Grand Marquise Ballroom
In business since: 1987

“Be passionate about what you want to do. It’s much easier to work hard when you’re energized and excited about what you are doing.”

“Surround yourself with motivated and successful people, and be a risk taker. Sometimes we are pushed outside of our comfort zone to move forward. This means you are taking a risk and if things do go wrong, know you will find a way to survive and turn it around. So be brave and don’t look back!”


Founder and managing director, Alossi Renewal Spa
In business since: 2009

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and look at every challenge you encounter as a learning opportunity. Remember, it takes more than a title to be a great leader. View every decision through the lens of what is right for your clients, colleagues and organization.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice. Surround yourself with people who will tell you the truth. Be open to criticism, learn from it and grow as an individual.”


Vice president, ALCO Custom Cabinets Inc.
In business since: 1976

“You have to give to get. This advice applies to your relationships with customers, employees and the community. I think of it like gardening: sow the seeds, feed and water them often, and eventually the flowers will bloom.”

“You cannot put a price tag on employee satisfaction and loyalty. You need their skills and talents to accomplish your mission. And satisfied customers are the best form of advertising you can get!”

Read additional words of wisdom from area businesswomen here.

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