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Celebrating Women

In celebration of International Women's Day, we've gathered advice from some of the intelligent, strong women of Alaska USA.

Elizabeth Pavlas Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

How can we encourage more women to pursue senior leadership roles in their careers?

Women need communication early in our career that senior leadership is an option for us. We often don’t realize it’s possible to be successful balancing a personal life and a career in senior management. We need to be told and shown through example that it’s possible.

- Elizabeth Pavlas, Chief Operations Officer

Amore Soza Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

If you could have dinner with one inspirational woman, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

It would no doubt be with my mother, she inspires me daily; to learn and grow, be my best self, raise daughters with strong values, and be true to those around me. My mom passed away a few years ago, but if I could have one more dinner with her, it’d be full of laughter, tears, some much-needed advice, and maybe some wine. 

- Amore Soza, Area Vice President

Ursula Montgomery Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

What is the most important piece of advice you have been given?

“Never forget where you came from.” This piece of advice gives me the strength to be more and never take anything for granted! I appreciate all opportunities given to me and I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

- Ursula Montgomery, Area Vice President

Rhonda Jones Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

Is there anyone that inspires you in your career?

Indra Nooyi, the first female CEO of PepsiCo. It’s her belief that in order to thrive at work and home you need be a critical thinker, keep your values intact, have a good support system, and enjoy music!

- Rhonda Jones, Accounts Payable Manager

Meghna Luthra Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

How important is it for women to lift each other up in the workplace?

As the gap between gender inequality continues to narrow, it’s vital women support each other professionally and personally. By encouraging, challenging, and uplifting women they learn to recognize their potential and perform to the best of their abilities. This can only be done by developing strong professional relationships with women through mentorship so that the women we mentor, can one day mentor others.

- Meghna Luthra, Area Support Manager

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