Education: High School
What led you to a career in technology?
I started my career in purchasing, and, 30 years ago, the company I worked for moved to Florida. I decided to stay in New Jersey and started my own company, Gaw Associates Inc.
What motivates you to go above and beyond in your current position?
My family and staff are always an inspiration and drive me to want to do better and be the best I can be.
What role does sustainability play in your life both personally and professionally?
As an organization, we look for ways to make a difference in the environment, economy, and society. Our one-box solution, which reduces packing materials, is one example. As a woman-owned business, we continue to support training and personal development to help women and minorities.
What is the most fascinating lesson you have learned while working with technology?
I am amazed at how rapidly technology changes. We’ve learned the importance of keeping up with the changes and how to best take advantage of technology within our organization.
What is unique about you personally?
I was a widow at a young age with two young children. I learned early that life is short and fragile but, with the right attitude and faith in myself, I can accomplish what I want.
What is unique about you professionally?
Persistence, honesty, and the ability to listen to our customers has helped me and our company create long-lasting relationships.
What is your most admirable quality?
I truly enjoy people. I enjoy being around and encouraging others, whether they are lifetime friends, family, or total strangers.
Why is diversity, equality, and inclusion necessary for this industry?
I believe it is important in all industries. When you bring in a diverse group of people — with different experiences and ideas — they have the ability to accomplish great things. We can all learn from the experiences of others if we are willing to open our minds listen.
What aspect of the industry has the most potential for growth, and how can we accelerate that?
I believe robotics is going to play a large part in our industry. We just added an additional robotic machine to our manufacturing process.
What advice do you have for women and other minorities who are currently working in the industry but don’t necessarily feel like they belong?
Don’t give up. I found that when I felt scared and excited at the same time, I knew I was going in the right direction. Just believe in yourself and keep going.
What advice do you have for young girls who may be interested in a future career in technology?
I do believe it’s much easier than it was 30 years ago. The door is open for women who have the passion and desire to work and achieve in this industry. Never stop learning and do more than what others expect, and you’ll be successful.
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