Cassandra Carr

As Interviewed by Claire W., March 9, 2018

Cassandra Carr: In Her Own Words

My entire career, not just in college, but in my entire career, when I was in a meeting, I was usually the only woman in the room. And so maybe the college experience helped me get prepared for that. And so, you know, Iíve been told by, by other people that I probably think as much like a man as I do like a woman because I've been around men most of my life. And another point I would like to make about that is that for me to get from that management development program up to at officer level, I had to have a lot of support from men. There weren't women that could say youíre good, you need to be promoted. So, whereas on the one hand maybe men were repressive to women back in the day, there were also a lot of men who stepped up and really helped.

Yeah, this is a semi- funny story. It was like, I was at the time on a third level job. The company was really big at sending you to training. And so you know we had a lot of training classes we went to. And I aspired for my next job to be a trainer. So I was in a class and this guy was the trainer and I asked him one time on a break, I said, what do I, what can I do to become a trainer, that's what I want to do. And he said, oh you canít ever do that, and I said, why not? And he said, well, you would have to carry these projectors and screens. It was back in the, you know there was a lot of equipment for the, for the classes. So, I just listened to him, and when the class was over on Friday at noon, everybody went to lunch. But me. And I took every piece of equipment in that room out to his car trunk. He came out from lunch, I said, I believe I can move this equipment. And so it was only, it was in the next year that I got that job.

If a man and a woman were on the same job, I think the men were listened to more carefully and believed more than the woman. And I'll give you an example of that. Probably within three years of when I left there, we were buying other companies. And one of these other companies, I had people there, that worked there that were officers reporting to me, that were telling me of the problems that were in that company that we took over. The people we had sent to run it, a couple of men, we were in a meeting with the chairman, and I presented this scenario, that things were about to fall apart. They denied it because they were the people in charge, and the CEO listened to them. And it fell apart. And later it fell apart! But, so, I don't know if it was maybe it was a deficiency in the way I presented something, I donít think so, but I think that there was just a tendency to listen to men more than women.