Power of Women: Carly Remington

March honors Women’s History Month and we are excited to highlight all of the dynamic women in our Power of Women Employee Resource Group to draw attention to the deliberate action that we are taking as a group & as an institution to empower & uplift the women in our community. Our goal is to be leaders & mentors at Berkshire Bank, and to also model a system of uplift & support for our entire Berkshire Bank community & the banking world at large.

Today we are celebrating Carly Remington.

How do you define a leader?

To define being a leader, I will quote Rosalynn Carter — “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be”.

Who is your “Shero” one of the biggest influencers/mentor in your life and career? Why?

My “Shero” is my grandma June. After the loss of my mother when I was young, I spent most of my time with my grandparents. Grandma June suffered from rheumatoid arthritis leaving her with limited mobility. Regardless of how she was feeling, she would get out of bed everyday and push herself to the kitchen with a walker. It was in this kitchen, she taught me to never give up, to make the most of everyday and if you truly do your best you can achieve anything.

Can you recall a defining moment when you were mentored by your Shero or another woman? What did that experience teach you?

At Berkshire Bank, everyday is a mentoring day. We have amazing women leading our company and I have had the good fortune to learn from many. I have learned to ask for help when needed ;that delegation is not a sign of weakness, but an opportunity for others to learn; to pause if needed before making some decisions; and, most importantly I have learned that we are all different and that is okay. We can learn from each other and work together for a common goal.

How do you celebrate the women in your life?

I like to celebrate the women in my life through encouragement, teamwork, and recognition. It is important for women to build each other up and help each other succeed.

Where do you find your power?

I find my power from within and the close circle of women in my life. The circle consists of friends, family and work mentors.

The Power of Women (POW) employee resource group is a safe space for all people who identify as female and their allies. The goal of this ERG is to support women in the workplace by suggesting programming including mentoring and coaching, reviewing corporate communication efforts, elevating important topics to management and organizing celebratory events.

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