One of the proudest pieces in 30 years of Hoffbrau Steaks history includes our description, “family-owned,” and that also means…female-owned!

Me and My Strong Texas Daughter!

 

4 out of 10 businesses have no female leaders

It’s difficult to believe, but today, in 2012, 4 out of 10 businesses worldwide have no women in senior management, in an era when women comprise 46% of the current workforce; more than at any other time in history.

As a woman, and the mother of a beautiful strong daughter, I have always taken great pride in Hoffbrau Steaks commitment to advancement with equality; to providing a great place to encourage growth at all levels, and to cultivate a tradition of discovering talent.

Every day we commit to preparing everyone for fulfilling their fullest potential, regardless of where they’ve come from, or who they are.  Promoting women has been a side benefit of our dedication to possess diversity and increase engagement inside our four walls.

 60% of Hoffbrau Steaks key leadership roles

In order to reach our goals of personal development for everyone, we have launched several initiatives to ensure that we prepare all our employees for top management. These include resources that manage strength-based development, candid feedback, and the encouragement that sustains continual learning.

“Women are key to growth; as more women find flexible income and growth potential, they will have more money of their own to spend. Already, women control roughly $20 trillion of total consumer spending globally and that number is predicted to rise to $28 trillion by 2014.”

-Michael Silverstein and Kate Sayre, The Female Economy

 As we celebrate International Women’s Day, there are some simple things we can all do for our cowgirls:

  • Encourage young women to read.  Great books that teach healthy and foundational relationship and role model positive behaviors, like Little Women, the Harry Potter series (teaching imagination=priceless), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and 7 Habits for Teens.
  • Encourage the women you know to speak with candor, believe in loyalty, and ask for help when they need it.  Then, encourage the men you know to as well.
  • Empower others.  Ask their ideas, ask them to show them, tell them, describe them to others, and make them a reality.  Teach ownership for the consequences, both great and with potential.
  • Mentor.  Make mentoring a “non-negotiable” in your organization.  I don’t care who it is…but everyone needs a “Wonder Woman.”

My Miranda

Miranda Lambert is all Texas strength

Know who my mentor is right now?  Miranda Lambert.  It’s the Hoffbrau way to go Texas, and this Longview girl is right up my alley.  This gorgeous, avid deer hunter scored a recording contract in Nashville and was on her way before 18…until she became frustrated with recording for others.  She left it all behind, packed it up for home, and learned guitar, so she could write her own songs.  How’s that for proactive?  Not only does she sing fantastic songs, with empowering lyrics like, “Mama cut out pictures of houses for years …nail by nail, and board, by board, Daddy gave life to Mama’s dream,”  but Miranda took a break from a lucrative solo career to do an all girl project in 2011, called the Pistol Annies with her best friends.  True to her strengths, loyal, and genuine, Miranda is all I hope for in a good ol’Texasgirl.

 

Who are your mentors?  How do you grow your own crop of great Texas gals?