She Leads – With Shelly Griffin
Field Inspector, CAI
What would you tell your younger self?
It’s okay to be the only girl in the shop. Don’t let lack of women in your field stop you. Follow your path, things gets better. Don’t be afraid to leap to the next opportunity.
What was your major in college and how did you get to the position you are in today?
No college degree, worked my way up the ladder. Started as a shop cleaner/ helper. Learned from anyone willing to teach. Eventually owned my own auto repair shop, now having fun working in the field.
What was your inspiration and what helped you become successful? How do you define success?:
I have always loved taking things apart and fixing them, starting with mom’s vacuum. My most inspirational figure was a master mechanic while I was in apprenticeship at a small auto shop in Alaska. Success for me is, being happy with life and work balance and enjoying going to work each day.
How do you balance your work and personal life? Often times one has more importance, and we’re curious to know how you’ve handled the balance.
I have been fortunate enough that I love working on cars and interacting with people. I have always been able to incorporate those into each job I have had, being happy at work is big in bringing home that joy to my family.
What’s your favorite part of your job and why?
Working with cars and trucks. I have always been drawn to anything mechanical.
What is your favorite hobby?
What advice do you want to give the next generation of women leaders?
Just because you don’t see women in the field you like doesn’t mean you need to change your dreams. There are other women that have been there before you and there will be more to come. Make your journey no matter your gender.
What does leadership mean to you?
Lead with love.
What’s your advice on mentoring?
Mentoring is key to your success. Whether you are a mentor or a mentee you will learn from each interaction. It’s a win/win for everyone. Don’t be afraid to ask people to mentor you, they almost always say yes.
What’s your favorite ice cream?
Is there any other information that you think Girl Talk members would benefit from?
Follow your dreams.