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Beth Bengtson

Beth Bengtson

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

My name is Beth Bengtson and I am the founder/CEO of Working for Women while also a wife and mother of two active boys and two dogs.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I became a member of Ellevate in search of other women entrepreneurs and to build new relationships that can support you on those days you need some additional support.

How would you define your professional mission?

Working for Women has a dual mission to enable business to be a force for social good and elevate women in the workforce.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Every day is rewarding here - I love the people I get to work with and the new people I am meeting through this. That said, the most rewarding moments are when I get to hear the stories of women that our partner agencies are supporting. It drives me to ensure this organization continues to grow so that we can reach more women.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

It is a small idea - I want change people's perspective of business. I want people to see that business can be a force for social good in their communities. We have too many examples of what bad business looks like - I want to see more stories of what good business looks like.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

I have always had a passion for seeing how the business community can be a force for social good. Many people see business as bad for our society but it really can be so much more and there are many great companies out there doing great work. That said, we need to make it easier for more businesses to get involved in meaningful giving back as it can be challenging enough to run your business on a daily basis.

Who are your role models?

In the last few years, Eleanor Roosevelt has really had an impact on me. She was ahead of her time and a formidable force of social change. Especially the second half of her life and yet she struggled with self confidence in her abilities as many of us do.

What is your morning ritual?

Get up ahead of household, meditate and set my priorities for the day before others start setting my priorities.

What is your favorite social media site? Why?

Instagram. I am trained photographer and it is primarily a visual platform.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

As they say on the airplane before take off - put your oxygen mask on first. I think if we all put on our "mask" (self) first before starting to help others we would all be a in better place.


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