Each year I head to the NRA Annual Meetings a day early to attend an NRA Women in Industry Spring Event. The gathering is a highlight of my trip because I’ve met so many fabulous women in the gun world. We work with one another to learn mentoring, and also to be mentored.
This year at the spring event we enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Additionally, we received a presentation from Laurie Aronson, president and CEO of Baton Rouge, LA-based wholesale firearms distributor Lipsey’s LLC. She told us her story of taking charge of a company in the gun industry, the challenges she faced, and how she overcame them to be successful.
Following Laurie’s presentation, the group discussed important things we can do to support women’s development, leadership, and what advice we would give to someone who’s new to the industry. Each tip is significant and can be used in various aspects of life. I hope you find them helpful in your journey and in mentoring others.
10 Tips for Being a Successful Woman
- Create opportunities for yourself and others.
- Ask for what you want.
- When you’re in charge, be in charge.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses.
- Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.
- Blend in, don’t fit in.
- Be open to networking, building relationships, and aligning yourself with people who will help you reach your goals.
- Be able to tell your story. i.e., Work on your elevator speech.
- Invite and involve your peers.
- Above all, be confident.
If you like to read, Laurie suggested the book Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman by Gail Evans. She indicated that this book will teach you the game of business, giving you insight into how to operate in a male-dominated industry.
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