On this week’s episode, we are speaking with Nancy Hammervik, Executive Vice President of Industry Relations at CompTIA. Nancy has had a successful career for 35 years, building herself up from sales assistant to CEO. As many women can relate to, she has jumped over hurdles in her professional life to succeed, such as breaking into the male-dominated world of business and feeling stifled in toxic work environments; likewise, she has dealt with personal hurdles as well, dealing with fertility issues for a decade before having her son. Through all of this, Nancy has cultivated an air of positivity, compassion, and perseverance, going as far as combining business with helping the community when she organized a volunteer effort to help New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
From using struggles as opportunities for growth to learning to be your own best advocate, Nancy shares with us invaluable advice, lessons, and so much more insight that speaks to women in their careers at all levels. For Nancy, your journey as a professional and as a person are often connected, and anything holding you back is something that needs to be let go of. As her Norwegian grandmother used to say, “If you can’t change the people, change the people.”
Learn more about Nancy’s incredible career and gain more of her wisdom by joining us for this week’s episode. If you’d like to get in contact with Nancy, you can find her as Nancy Hammervik on LinkedIn or email her at email@example.com.
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"Doing good work is sometimes not enough; you can’t rely on anyone else to advance your own career. You have to advocate for yourself, you have to have a voice, and you have to push a little bit."
"We grow more in the tough times and the struggles. Anybody can be successful when the road is rosy, but pressure builds diamonds and struggle builds strength. We don’t know our strength until we’re hit by a struggle—and that only motivates and inspires you more, which really helps you appreciate when things are good."
"Sometimes you don’t get what you want but you get what you need. All things work for good; it’s all part of the journey. Just take stock of what we’re learning and how we’re growing. We can choose to be defeated and let it define us, or we can redefine us. We have no idea how a struggle will make us greater and better."
"As my Norwegian grandmother used to say, “If you can’t change the people, change the people.” If you’re in a toxic work environment that’s not letting you be yourself and not letting you grow, it’s okay to leave. Sometimes I stayed longer than I should have because I thought I could make a difference, but I was unhappy. When you have an opportunity, pursue it. Always be planning—what else can I be doing? What other opportunities are out there? Always allow yourself to move."