Power of Women: Dawn M Russ
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 Dawn Russ.
How do you define a leader?
A leader is someone who leads by example. A leader is someone who motivates a team and helps them be the best they can be.
Who is your “Shero” one of the biggest influencers/mentor in your life and career? Why?
My mother is my Shero. She is a true leader who works with her team and digs in when she needs to. She has taught me the value of hard work and integrity.
Can you recall a defining moment when you were mentored by your Shero or another woman? What did that experience teach you?
As I have gotten older I have learned to appreciate my Shero and other women in my family. They have so much knowledge to share and are always warm and welcoming.
How do you celebrate the women in your life?
I think it is important to celebrate what is unique about each person and learn from those traits.
Where do you find your power?
I find my power from positive affirmations. I receive daily quotes and listen to positive teachings. I also find my power by allowing myself to be human and the understanding that none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes.
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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