The Best of Both Worlds: Women In Leadership at Luxottica
At Luxottica, women often take key leadership roles that directly impact the success of the company and play an important part of why we are an industry leader.
Luxottica offers many resources and programs to support, enrich and reward talented and diverse employees to ensure that the right people are in the right positions at the right time. That’s part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Director of Sales for EyeMed Rhonda Sizemore shares some insight about her life and career journey and talks about the rewarding experience of being a Woman of Vision with Luxottica.
What is the best piece of advice you can give a woman entering the workforce?
The best piece of advice I can give a woman entering the workforce is to be the best at whatever you are asked to do. I have always told my daughters, no matter what job you are doing, perform the job to the best of your abilities. If you are the cook at a fast food restaurant, be the best hamburger flipper that they have ever seen. You have to love what you do, and if you do, you will excel in it. If you stop loving it, that is when you need to leave it.
Describe an accomplishment that has made you most proud during your time at Luxottica.
In 2014, I was given the opportunity to move from an Account Management leadership role into a Sales Leadership role at a time when we going through a great deal of change. We were taking our inside sales model to an outside sales model and hiring 25 new sales reps in the field. I hired and trained the majority of these reps while continuing to manage the Inside Sales team. Although it was a challenging year, it was one of the best years of my career. We exceeded our sales goal by a large margin and I am very proud of what we accomplished as a team!
What has been easiest or most rewarding about the decisions you have made in balancing the conflicting demands of work/life?
I am the mother of two wonderful daughters. I had my oldest daughter at a young age and while she was growing up, I worked full time and attended college part time. This was a very challenging balancing act, but I knew the importance of finishing my degree would pay off for us long term and it was extremely important to me to set this example for my young daughter. My daughters have always seen me as a working mother. I know that I was a better mother to them because I worked and was fulfilled by both my family and my job. The example I set as a mother paid off for them as well. They are both college graduates with nursing degrees and my oldest daughter achieved her nurse practitioner license while working and raising children. There is always a way to balance work and life. You just have to set goals and priorities and go for it!
How has Luxottica fulfilled its commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment?
Luxottica is truly the best company that I have ever worked for. They value their employees and provide opportunity for anyone who wants to work for it. I have had the pleasure of being involved in the Women of Vision culture team. This team provides women in the company an opportunity to come together once a month and network with other women, work on career development and hear from the leaders of our company and outside speakers as well. This is just one example of the employee resource groups that Luxottica has in place. In addition to this, being actively involved with One Sight allows me the opportunity to serve others not only in our community, but also around the world. I am proud to work for a company that allows you these experiences outside of your normal day-to-day job.
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