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Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself...

By Victoria Varley
September 29, 2016 Category: General

By Victoria Varley, Vice President of RD for Diversified Brands at Sherwin Williams Growing up my Grandmother often referenced this line from FDRs first inaugural speech. Little did I know back then that I would look to this phrase as one of the core reasons I have achieved all that I have in both my career and family life. Today it is still a key factor for me in overcoming obstacles and driving change. I grew up in a steel town and attended a small high school during the 80s. I was book smart achieving a 4.0 GPA, yet quite nave and terrified about the world outside of my home and geographical area. I wanted to go to college, I would be the first generation in my family to do so, but there was not a good option to commute and I did not think I could manage alone without my family. I spent weeks stressing over the decision and making up stories in my head about the 4 years that were in front of me. After wearing myself down, I made the decision that I was not going to go to school

I Earned My Wisdom

By Karen Harper
August 29, 2016 Category: General

By: Karen Harper Vice President, Building Engineering Science Talent My journey has been filled with ups and downs, twist and turns, but no doubt I have weathered the storm. I can distinctly remember the stinging words in high school from a guidance counselor who said to me, You are not college material, you will not make it through college and it would be better to focus on employment in a factory or nursing home. I felt like I was walking against the wind, but I ignored his advice and began the college application process. That was in 1972, and now 44 years later, with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree, and having contributed 34 years of federal service, those words left an impression but did not determe. They fueled me instead. What I learned early from that incident is that my dream could not be railroaded by someone who did not believe in me or my aspirations. It wasnt until my senior year of college that I learned about the value of a mentor, Dr. Anne B. Shearer. She encouraged

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