Women’s History Month: Women of Influence

We all have strong, courageous women role models in our life. They are in our homes, in our workplaces, our industries and in our society. We asked the women of LDG to tell us about a woman who influenced her. Here’s what a few of them said:

Reshmi Lal – Technical Manager – Bridge

The woman who inspired me the most in my life is my late mother. Her organization skills, attention to detail, kindness and perseverance are some of the greatest qualities I look upon to. I hope to achieve at least half of her skills someday.

Kellie Reed – Marketing Project Manager

I couldn’t pick just one woman and then it occurred to me how special it is to be able to say that at all – that I have so many women in my life who have led by example and supported me that I can’t even choose one is powerful in itself. I love that each woman I know has shown me something unique and all those little pieces have helped shape me today.

Eman El Shahat – Sr. Engineering Associate – Buildings

Zaha Hadid – she’s one of the main reasons why I studied architectural engineering. Her designs were very inspiring and interesting enough to discover this field.

Abigail Woudenberg – Administrative Assistant

I have always been inspired by Ruth, whose story can be read in the Biblical Old Testament. Her loyalty and endurance despite her circumstances are traits I try to emulate in my own life.

Samantha Ecker – Content Specialist

My younger sister works in public policy as an advocate for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It’s a tough job that means lots of legal work, political maneuvering, and standing up to state lawmakers and lobbyists alike, but I’m constantly amazed by her compassion and her hard work. It reminds me that there will always be people who need compassion and kindness and that we can help in many different ways — whether it’s fighting the legal battles or just volunteering in our communities.

Tricia Craig – Marketing Manager

My (late) mom has always inspired me beyond measure. For as long as I can remember, I always chose what I would wear. By giving me that tiny piece of responsibility and freedom to choose, it translated into self-expression, boosted self-confidence, decision-making abilities, exploring my creative side, and independence – all of which what led me to who I am and what I do today.

Kristen Campbell – Human Resources Specialist

All the women here at LDG are influential because of their dedication to our company as well as balancing their homes lives.  I have never met a bunch of women who go above and beyond on a daily basis. We all should be proud of ourselves and continue to be great mentors to each other. We are all big stars at LDG that makes our company shine a little brighter!

Ashley Heinnickel – Chief Marketing Officer

My mother was an incredible influence on me and taught me how to work hard, be kind, show up for your family, and how to find small ways to “treat” yourself for all your efforts both big and small.

Darlene Davis – Sr. Graphic Designer

My middle school art teacher, Gail Sellers. She majored in industrial design at the Kansas City Art Institute and after studying with Ken Ferguson, she developed a passion for pottery and later founded River Hill Pottery. In high school, she gave me an opportunity to work as an apprentice in her studio. This allowed me to enhance my skills, knowledge of the industry, and encouraged me to pursue a life in the arts.

Alyssa Wagner – Human Resources Manager

My mother, Dr. Amy Rogers, has been a powerful influence on me. Watching her become a well-respected and accomplished professional in the higher academia world has shown me what hard-work, a passion for life-long learning, and determination can get you. I’ve been fortunate to have a front row seat to watch her rise and help others along the way all while raising a family and multi-tasking numerous other duties she leads. Her work-ethic and kind heart is unmatched. I’m proud of the woman that she is but even more proud that I get to call her mom, her most cherished title.

Denise Rector – Architectural Designer – Retail

My late mom Sharon was one of the best (and most fun) checkout supervisors Kmart ever had. My stepmom Judy is one of the first and best female commercial airline pilots hired at Us Airways.

Jen Rodgers – Sr. Engineering Associate – Site

Growing up, my mom had sayings that she repeated over and over that would make me roll my eyes.  Looking back, those internalized sayings such as “You can be anything that you want to be!” truly gave me confidence and drive to conquer hurdles throughout my life.

Ashley Heinnickel – Chief Marketing Officer

My mother was an incredible influence on me and taught me how to work hard, be kind, show up for your family, and how to find small ways to “treat” yourself for all your efforts both big and small.