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Meet Rachel Wallis Andreasson, Executive Director & Author

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What does Empowering Women mean to you?

A collaborative space where women can come together to support other women and knowing you are not alone in a predominantly driven male industry. Love the education, resources and networking Empowering Women provides.

How did you get started working in your field?

My family business is the convenience store and fuel and lubricant distribution business and I officially started working after earning a business degree and working in the hospitality industry. I worked in my family business for 24 years and loved supporting other women along the way.

What do you love most about your job? / What are you most proud of?

Most recently, I co-authored a groundbreaking book, The Sixth Level. For the first time, women's psychology is used in a leadership model. The Sixth Level is the level supersedes Maslow's fifth level, self actualization and explains self-in-relation which defines the psychology of women as oriented to connection and care. The book shows how if you capitalize on women's psychology, it leads to sustainability and profitability. We highlight the 4 core differentiators women bring to an organization and when used together, minimize the risk of the abuse of power.

 I am most proud of this book because there are too many examples of women being shamed for ways that they lead, ie: too soft, too emotional, too into the people and this book dispels these myths. I am most proud that there were 4 authors and 18 contributors who collaborated and created a movement for better leadership for all.

What advice would you give to someone considering this line of work?

Feel there are many opportunities for women to grow. Don't ever be afraid to network and ask questions and keep moving forward.

Anything else you would like to add?

I am super proud of my 3 adult children who are in the workforce today. I continually worked on integrating my personal life and work to balance it all while dealing with an alcoholic spouse. Now that the kids are independent, I am getting a divorce to pursue my dreams and not be bullied or cut down anymore. I am proud of my community service and especially the childcare center that was opened in 2004 in rural Missouri that is a safe learning environment that ensures kids are kindergarten ready. Looking forward to connecting!

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