Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the smartest and most inspiring entrepreneurs. We’re proud to feature a few of our female clients who are leading the way in business. We asked them to talk about the importance of being a woman in leadership in today’s climate. They each tell their stories of overcoming obstacles, hopes for the future and give advice for younger women coming up in the ranks.

Commercial Banker, Simmons Bank

Be unapologetically you. Embrace your uniqueness both in terms of personality but also the attributes we possess as women. I think when you do your job with passion and in a manner that aligns with your own personal standards and principles, not only do people resonate and respect your authenticity, but in the process of staying true to yourself you gain a sense of success and accomplishment in your work.

You’re not growing if you’re not uncomfortable they say. I’m not a good public speaker, and I’m relatively introverted, yet I’ve found myself in a career that requires me to not only sell a product but also sell my personal brand along with that product. I still suffer from imposter syndrome from time to time, but I’ve been fortunate to have had some amazing mentors over the years who have helped me develop confidence in what I do. I think it’s important for young women to not compare themselves. In a world with social media platforms and filters that only show the good stuff, it’s easy to think someone else is more successful or to erroneously believe you’re not measuring up to some invisible standard. You’ve heard the adage, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and it’s so true. I think there are seasons throughout your career where you may feel like you’re not making any headway, but if you keep a good attitude and never quit hustling, good things are inevitable so don’t question whether your success measures up to that of your peers.

You can view Megan’s segment in the Females in Leadership section of the 2022 3W Magazine here.