Women in the Workplace Spotlight: Kitty Barrow
In this interview with self-made businesswoman Kitty Barrow, we find out how she got started, found her purpose, and how she finishes strong every day. Kitty also shares her favorite women in business and tips to help you finish strong every day!
Kitty, right, with colleague Susan Mcgahagin on the left.
What is your job title?
Kitty: I am a Senior Partner and Sales Leadership/Business Coach for Southwestern Consulting.
How long have you been with the company?
Kitty: This October I will have been with Southwestern Family of Companies for nine years.
How did you get started with Southwestern?
Kitty: I was raised in a lower-income neighborhood and from a young age I knew that was not where I wanted to be for the rest of my life. Growing up, my parents were busy, and I was going to an inner-city public school. I knew that if I was going to be successful, I had to find a way to go to college and find a way to pay for it. While I was in college, Southwestern Advantage allowed me the opportunity to sell books door to door for two summers. They taught me the skills and mindset training that helped me achieve my vision of being truly successful in life.
After college I had various jobs, from an exercise physiologist to a stay-at-home-mom selling Tupperware and BeautiControl. I got reconnected with Southwestern and was crazy enough to want to quit my other ventures to work for Southwestern Consulting. I wanted to see if we could sell our one-on-one coaching outside of the huge seminars that was the original business model.
What is your purpose?
Kitty: What gets me up in the morning is knowing that I am helping grow a company that impacts people’s lives. We help our clients and their clients grow as individuals and business-people, having a chain effect that changes thousands of lives.
My other purpose is to have the means to support my daughters. I want them to have the opportunities and connections I was not able to have when growing up.
What is your favorite part about your job?
Kitty: The people I work with and our clients. We get to change people’s lives, and we are always constantly challenged to always learn and grow ourselves.
How do you finish strong, and what are your tips to achieve this?
Kitty: 1. Outside accountability: When we are doing well, it is very easy to take our foot off the gas and get complacent. We need coaches, mentors, and team members who hold us accountable to continue growing and hitting that next level. 2. Plan out your week before it happens: I make sure that the most important things are in my calendar first. I plan out every minute of the day, even if I’m just planning to hang out. When you think through your week and day before it happens, then all you have to do is execute and, it’s easier to finish strong.
How do you empower women in business?
Kitty: I recognize strong women by verbally affirming their strengths in front of them and others. When women meet other women, they should build each other up. Instead of tearing each other down, we should say “What can I do to help you?” As women, we need to band together. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO for Facebook, wrote a book called Lean In that addresses this. She writes about how we need to be women who help other women and mentor them. We need to be supporting each other. This way, we can all rise to the top because women are powerful.
(A few of) Kitty’s favorite powerful women
- Bridgett Woods with Tom James
- Virginia Nixon with Morgan Stanley
- Nancy Olzack with Merrill Lynch
- Camille Snyder with Ashford Advisors/Guardian Insurance
- Samantha Davenport with Mass Mutual
- Christa Acevedo and Emmie Brown with Southwestern Consulting
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Big thank you to Kitty Barrow for participating in this interview and teaching us what it means to be an empowering woman. She is a great role model for other women in business to look up to. From her success we can all learn a few ways to help us finish strong: have goals, stay accountable, make a plan, and always lift each other up.