My advice to women who want to succeed in the corporate world is to go to work for a company that recognizes the value that women bring to the business world and that is dedicated to the promotion of women. Look for a company that knows that gender equity helps create a better business environmentone that makes the company an employer of choice, a preferred business partner, and an important contributor to the communities they serve.

As your career develops, take advantage of the programs that may be available to support your advancement. These could include online career path tools, mentoring through employeeinitiated organizations, leadership development programs, and tuition reimbursement for skills enhancement.

Finally, be objective of your own strengths and weaknesses. Be flexible and take advantage of opportunities. Demonstrate self-discipline and a strong work ethic. Have a positive, can-do attitude; add value to everything you do. Trust your gut instincts on tough decisions. Treat people right. Be true to yourself, but aware and respectful of the value systems and styles of the people with whom you interact.