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March 8 is International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter to acknowledge everyone has a part to play in making our world a better place. At Ramp, we believe our differences are what make us better—as a company and in the solutions we create.

To help
achieve #BalanceforBetter, we asked some of the women of Ramp what advice they
have for early career professionals:

Denise Iverson

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

My advice for an early career professional is to be open to
every opportunity before you. We all have career aspirations, and we are
conditioned to put a plan in motion to achieve our goals. But life, and
careers, don’t always follow our plan. The destination we first envisioned may
be displaced by something we could not have even imagined. We grow in times of
risk and uncertainty, so lean into the unexpected without fear. Only then you
will be able to take your experiences and uncover your true passion and become who
you are meant to be—embrace the journey.

Johnna Allen

Manager, Human Resources

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Making a
mistake is the one of the best ways to learn, gain experience and grow as a
professional (and person). You’d be hard pressed to find someone who gets it
perfect or correct the first time they try something new. What’s important is
you learn to have the confidence to pick yourself up when you fall, which will
help you gain the strength you need later in your career.  Think of
mistakes as mini-learning lessons. You will gain experience that you can use later
in your career—whether it’s what to do or what not to do. Taking the time early
in your career to learn what works will set you up for success in the future.

Michele Thomas

Director, North American Sales and Partner
Engagement 

My advice for someone just starting out is to
listen more than you speak and take the time to develop meaningful
relationships. It’s so important to meet people in person versus living behind
your laptop or mobile device. Don’t let technology rob you from real-life
experiences and the opportunity to learn and grow. You have a world of knowledge
to gain from the people around you—young, old and everywhere in between.
Embrace the opportunity to collaborate and participate. 

Look at your career as a series of events.
Every one of them helps you evolve and makes you more interesting as a person.
Be fierce, strong and don’t be afraid to take risks. Every risk is an
opportunity to learn and grow whether you fail or succeed. You will persevere
and become a stronger person tomorrow because of the risks and leaps you took
today.

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