Welcome to a series introducing the women who were nominated by professionals and will be honored at "The Rad Women Celebration: Being Rad for Social Change." The event is hosted by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Italian Conference Center. The idea was inspired by the bestselling book "Rad American Women A to Z," by Kate Schatz, who is the keynote speaker at the event. More information at womensfundmke.org.
April Calvert has served as the operations director for FIS Global, an international provider of financial services technology and outsourcing services, for a decade.
"I really love the diversity of my job and particularly working with customers," says April.
She is also a former board member of the LGBTQ Community center and a current member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA).
Read on for more rad words from April.
OnMilwaukee: What is your "mission" with the work that you do?
April Calvert: I love when the customer is happy and we were able to provide what they wanted. I also receive deep satisfaction from watching my staff grow and grow in both their work and personal lives.
What does success mean to you?
Success is knowing that at end of day that you have done your best. It’s not about skill or getting the perfect job or all the money. It’s when you work hard and everything goes the way you thought it was going to go.
Who or what have you learned from the most?
My grandmother, who raised me. From her, I received my work ethic. She, and my mother, were women of integrity. I also had a mentor earlier in my career who taught me how to work in an industry that is male dominant. I am usually the only woman at the table and the only woman of color.
What would you like to see change for women in the workforce?
I would like women not have to prove that we can do the job. It should not even be questioned. I would like to see women take the front seat, not the back seat, or hav…Read more...