C-leveled is proud to be a woman-owned business and to offer a welcoming environment regardless of gender, race, or orientation. We strive to be inclusive of all walks of life, especially individuals who have the drive to succeed. This includes women and treating everyone equally and fairly.
We thought it would be fitting to ask our fearless leader herself, Denise DeSimone, what having a woman-owned business entails.
Lauren: What does it mean to you to have a woman-owned business?
Denise: It definitely provides me with a sense of accomplishment. More than that though, I hope it provides an example to young girls/women that they can achieve anything they want.
Lauren: How do you empower the women you work with at C-leveled and beyond?
Denise: Empower is not the right word. It is my job to enable both women and men to achieve their potential whatever that may be. Empowerment has to come from within and when you provide an environment that is accepting, open, and collaborative, I believe that people begin to feel empowered. When people are empowered, great things happen.
Lauren: What inspired you to become a business owner and leader?
Denise: I wish that I had an eloquent and inspirational response for this question, but unfortunately, I really don’t. I started my first business to see if I could do it. The fear of failing, kept me doing it. Over the course of my career I have realized that starting that first business was the best decision that I made. I cannot imagine doing anything else.
Lauren: What advice would you give to other women who aspire to fill leadership roles?
Denise: Maybe not so much advice as it is a statement, but I believe that women in leadership roles have an obligation to help make the path easier for the next generation. Too often, the most critical of women business leaders is other women business leaders. We have to stop that trend and move towards the thinking that ultimately, if one woman achieves success, we all achieve success.
As Michelle Obama once said, “the difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.” So, make sure your “community,” or workplace, is a thriving one. Need help getting there? We’ll walk you through it.