On Thursday September 23rd, 2010 four of my classmates and I were able to accompany Dr. LeCrom to the Extraordinary Women’s Exchange at the Richmond Convention Center. The speaker for the morning’s program was Heidi Androl. Androl was a fantastic speaker who shared her experiences in male dominated fields to a room of many female professionals. Androl started her career in the aerospace industry, which led her to compete on The Apprentice with Donald Trump. After being “fired” in the 13th of 14 weeks of the show, Androl decided to take a leap and jump into the world of sports broadcasting where she worked for the Los Angeles Kings and the NHL network.
The focus of Androl’s speech was the way that she filled her “tool kit” in order to continue to advance her career and be successful. She encouraged all of us to do the same no matter what our career goals were. Androl showed that the experiences she had along her career path helped her in future endeavors. She told us never to be afraid to say we didn’t know how to do something as long as we were willing to ask someone to teach us. Her story is one that really inspired me as a young professional just starting my career because she had almost no formal training in the field she was interested in, but her determination and willingness to do the work in order to gain the knowledge just shows that there are many paths to the top.
Androl’s speech taught CSL student Rachel Rhoney that in order to be successful “I have to be willing to put myself out there and have an opinion. I have to be prepared to learn from failure and use it to re-invent myself for the next opportunity.” Androl was in Richmond to show what a woman can do in a male dominated industry, but the males in the room took away just as much from her speech. CLS student Charles Lane realized that “even though Ms. Androl’s speech was directed at a woman’s audience her advice and inspiration encompasses all genders and goes above all expectations.”
The opportunity to listen to Androl’s story and advice was one that allowed all of those present to add another tool to their personal tool kit. Her words were not only inspiring but they echoed many of the lessons we are learning at the Center for Sport Leadership.
By: Mary-Kate Geratowski, CSL Class of 2011