Leading Ladies Forum Tackles Pandemic Stress

Sep 10, 2020

Leading Ladies, PGT Innovations’ voluntary women’s network, hosted its first virtual event on August 28, drawing women from across the PGT Innovations family of brands to focus on how to lead themselves and others through uncertainty.

The forum, facilitated by Christina Howard, CEO of leadership coaching and consulting firm Intently, focused on creating awareness around navigating ambiguity, managing the chaos of the world today, and facilitating engaged connections with customers, friends, coworkers, and family.

“There was comfort knowing that women in my field and even in my office were facing the same stressors that I am during this time,” says Emily Wohlf, WWS accounts receivable collection specialist. “It was definitely a reminder that I can reach out to my co-workers and find empathy no matter what I’m feeling. I was also reminded of the strength of women in general – many of us are taking on so much more than we usually do and still functioning and thriving.”

The two-hour forum was organized by WWS vice president of marketing Laura Hahnefeld. “On a daily basis, I hear from women how the pandemic has disrupted their professional and personal lives. From additional childcare duties to feeling stuck at work to mental distress, the impact the coronavirus has had on women – especially for single women and women of color – has been huge,” Hahnefeld says. “I feel like this is what we need to create awareness around our current reality, manage the chaos, and most importantly, come together to support each other.”

Initiated by PGT Innovations’ President and CEO Jeff Jackson and senior female employees, Leading Ladies was formed to assist women with professional development, establish PGTI and its subsidiaries as workplaces of choice, and to create leadership opportunities for women.