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PIA President Donna Pile Addresses PIA of New Jersey Women's Business Forum

Donna began by noting that recent news articles are granting Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Rodham Clinton the acknowledgement it is okay to talk about...
February 13, 2007

On February 1, PIA National President Donna Pile addressed a meeting of the PIA of New Jersey Women's Business Forum.

Donna began by noting that recent news articles are granting Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Rodham Clinton the acknowledgement it is okay to talk about their children, their grandchildren and their roles as mothers and grandmothers. She said it seems that it is no longer a liability for women in business to acknowledge their families. But it wasn't always that way.

"Whatever you may think of their political views, the success of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi has given all of us permission to talk about our children and still be taken seriously as business women. That's a big change, and it is a change for the good," Pile said.

During her presentation, Donna noted that attitudes toward women agency owners have changed. She said that 15 years ago, it was not considered "professional" for women in business to talk about their children or grandchildren. "Someone forget to advise me it was not a considered a 'business grace' to include or even acknowledge your children in your work."

Pile recounted a story from her early years, in which she met with a company representative when she was seeking an appointment. The company rep told her that having children on the premises of her business was unprofessional. The upshot: no contract. Many years later, she met with the CEO of that company and recounted her experience with the rep. The CEO was very embarrassed and apologetic - and offered her a contract on the spot. "No thanks, I don't need another company right now," she said.

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