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Women in the Workplace

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It's a story that seems all too familiar.

More and more women working in traditionally male jobs.

Dot Foods in Mount Sterling is no exception.

Five women.

"24 years."
"Almost three years."
“Approaching 24 years."
"23 years."
"Going on eight years."

All in different stages of their career.

Duskee Kassing is the Director of Operations at Dot.

"Very busy and fast paced," said Kassing.

Kassing says a lot has changed in two decades.

"Dot works very hard to create a culture that is inclusive for women in a variety of roles. We have a women's leadership group. It was great to see a place where women could come together and share their concerns openly," Kassing stated.

Shelbi Tangerose is a Routing Analyst Trainee.

"When you think of big trucks you think of oh yeah the male drivers like you don't ever hear women talk about it," said Tangerose, “if you would've asked me five years ago what the transportation industry was, I wouldn't have known anything about it. If you would've said I'd be working with big trucks I would've been like no not me! That's weird!"

She's sees a bright future with the company.

"Just kind of climbing up that ladder and learning as much about Dot as I can and continuing to grow alongside all of the other women here," Tangerose said.

Jennifer Knapp is a Driver Supervisor. She says she noticed the lack of gender balance in her college classes.

"We were kind of the rare birds but that has changed over the years and I would imagine it's closer to 50/50 now. They're not intimidating. They're just a man. There's nothing to be afraid of," said Knapp.

Suzy Parn was the company's first graphic designer in the 1990s.

"One of the things that we want to do and we have to do is make the job more attractive to women," explained Parn, “years ago I was in a meeting and we were talking about women at Dot Foods in the early days of our women's leadership group and someone said well would anyone hear really want to be a manager in the warehouse and I said yeah I would! But I didn't think it would be possible."

Today she is Director of Personnel and oversees the warehouse.

“15 percent of the people who are working on our floor are women," stated Parn.

Out of 900 employees, that's about 140 women.

Tabetha Spencer is a shift manager. She started working at Dot Foods eight years ago.

"It's fun. It's something different," said Spencer.

Spencer said she was one of a handful of women when she first started.

"This isn't just a man's job, we've grown. We've grown with the women we have here tremendously," Spencer said.

She hopes to see what’s in store for the company in the future.

"We want women to see that this a very doable job and that this is a job for them," said Parn.

Leveling the playing field and diversifying the workforce.

"We will work to help them reach their goals," Kassing said.


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