March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global holiday that shines a light on women’s rights and issues facing them such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.
This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is “Embrace Equity.” This theme challenges us to not only honor the incredible actions of women, but take action to promote and build a more diverse and inclusive world.
Here at MRC, we strive everyday to not only break down barriers and hurdles that women in our community and employees face, but lift them back up and create an environment that promotes their success and achievements.
For the next 4 weeks we will be featuring a women at MRC and hear a bit about her journey and how she got to where she is today. This week we are featuring Laura Phillips.
We asked Laura 5 questions and asked her to reflect on herself and this day.
Question: Tell me about yourself?
Answer: I was in Girl Scouts for several years, and even to this day I am a leader for my daughters troop. In 2002 I received my Gold Award for developing a week-long summer camp program to teach others about the Amish and Mennonites.
Professionally, I started working doing in-home Case Management after earning my Bachelors. In 2012 I received my Masters and worked briefly at a private practice doing outcome measures. I stayed at home after having my daughter from 2014-2017. In 2017 I began working with Dr. Hartiens, got my full social work license and increased my learning in the field of addiction.
Question: What has been your biggest/proudest accomplishment while working at MRC?
Answer: One specific thing doesn’t stand out, but supporting the growth and development of the residential and intern program is up there.
Question: Which Women inspires you the most?
Answer: Culturally, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her being a continual champion for Women’s Rights.
Personally, my Grandmother, Betty and my Mother, Debbie. Betty was married to my Grandfather who served in the Navy at Pearl Harbor during WWII. She supported me and showed me the ropes when learning how to be a military wife. My mother was a stay at home mom to my brother and I. She is selfless and teaches me to see the good in everyone.
Question: How do you influence your fellow female colleagues?
Answer: I try to empower them and ensure they have a voice and that their opinion matters in a male dominated field. I remind them of their worth and value and to not settle.
Question: This year’s international women’s day theme is “Embrace All”, what does that mean to you?
Answer: Embracing everyone regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc. Everyone has worth and recognizing and making sure everyone feels valued and respected. Ensuring that no one feels less than regardless of their life circumstances.