International Women’s Day with Dr. June DePonte Sernak, Center for Family Services

As a woman-owned business, we are honored to share the stories and messages of incredible woman leaders across a variety of industries for our International Women’s Day blog series.

This interview is with Dr. June DePonte Sernak, Statewide Leadership Diversity Officer at the Center for Family Services.

Why do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

Women worldwide are experiencing disparities in healthcare, education and workplace settings. It’s critical to acknowledge our accomplishments and the work still to be done for equality. It is important to celebrate our future and the amazing women who have come before us and those who continue to pursue their dreams.

What motivates you to be a leader in your industry?

I am motivated by the work yet to be done in giving women the opportunity to not only have a seat at the table, but to build their own table and invite others to join. My focus is to share the knowledge of our rich diverse history of women and their amazing accomplishments.

Are there any female leaders that have inspired you throughout your career?

I am inspired by Alice Paul and her work in the Suffrage and ERA, Clara Barton for her work with the Red Cross and our military, and Gerda Lerner for being an example of breaking the diversity glass ceiling and documenting her journey.

What advice or message would you share with young women who are looking to build their careers?

My advice is to raise your hand. Raise your hand for new roles and opportunities. Raise your hand to include those not at the table. Raise your hand for equality and to combat racism.

Read the rest of our International Women’s Day blog series here.

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