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International Women's Day

Celebrating the Women Behind the Scenes at Barn Light Electric

The very first International Women’s Day took place more than a century ago. That initial gathering laid the groundwork for March 8th to be recognized as a global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Here at Barn Light Electric, we are proud of the many women who contribute to the production and promotion of our American-made lighting, furniture, and dinnerware. Today, we highlight a few of these special ladies!

Susanna work
Suzanna — Inventory

Who was your favorite female role model as a child and why?
My Grandmother. She was a strong, hard-working woman whom always had a smile on her face and an encouraging word to say.
As a 10-year-old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor.
What would you do if you won a million dollars from the lottery?
I would set up trust funds for my kids.
What are three words your co-workers at Barn Light would use to describe you?
Funny, encouraging, and helpful
If you could work in a different Barn Light department for a day, which one would it be and why?
Pre-assembly. They all seem to enjoy the work they are doing.

Danielle work
Danielle — Marketing

Who was your favorite female role model as a child and why?
My mom. She would always put 100% into anything she did for us and still continues to. I’ve tried to emulate that same energy towards my daughter, Mila.
As a 10-year-old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was 10, I was in love with the Tragic Kingdom album by No Doubt. I thought Gwen Stefani was the coolest person in the world and I wanted to be a rock star like her when I grew up.
What would you do if you won a million dollars from the lottery?
Pay off my house and my parent’s house, save for Mila’s college, invest a little, and then I’d probably end up spending the rest on flights and music festivals.
What are three words your co-workers at Barn Light would use to describe you?
Sweet, knowledgeable, angelic (And I would describe them all as flattering & adorable!)
If you could work in a different Barn Light department for a day, which one would it be and why?
Probably spinning! It would give me a new appreciation into the skilled labor that goes into creating our fixtures. I just look at the finished lights in pictures all day, so it would be fun to experience the “hands on” side of things.

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Kim — Pre-Assembly

Who was your favorite female role model as a child and why?
Amelia Earhart- She was courageous and didn’t let anything or anyone stop her from doing what she loved.
As a 10-year-old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian!
What would you do if you won a million dollars from the lottery?
Pay off our bills, buy a moderate home to retire in, save a small portion for retirement, and put the rest in trust for our children and grandchildren!
What are three words your co-workers at Barn Light would use to describe you?
Dedicated, dependable, and trustworthy
If you could work in a different Barn Light department for a day, which one would it be and why?
Machine shop- I’d like to see how our products begin to be made.

Heather work
Heather — Contract Review

Who was your favorite female role model as a child and why?
My mother. She’s a wonderful woman who has done a lot to inspire me.
As a 10-year-old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Gosh, I had so many different ideas when I was younger just based off the women in my life. I think at that age, I wanted to be a nurse like my mother.
What would you do if you won a million dollars from the lottery?
I would help my friends and family and then rescue a bunch of dogs. 
What are three words your co-workers at Barn Light would use to describe you?
Efficient, empathetic, witty
If you could work in a different Barn Light department for a day, which one would it be and why?
Probably Marketing. It seems like a fun and upbeat department.

Raquel work
Raquel — Shipping

Who was your favorite female role model as a child and why?
My role model is my mother. I admire her dedication and commitment to our family. Growing up, she has always been by my side encouraging me to be more vital in overcoming every difficulty in life.
As a 10-year-old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a flight attendant.
What would you do if you won a million dollars from the lottery?
Winning a vast amount of money in an instant is amazing. But it’s also hugely stressful. So it’s important to put a plan in place. First, I would get competent advisors like an attorney, an accountant and a reputable financial advisor, then I’ll go from there.
What are three words your co-workers at Barn Light would use to describe you?
Hardworking, organized, meticulous
If you could work in a different Barn Light department for a day, which one would it be and why?
Assembly. As a crafter, I’m fascinated in putting together various parts and pieces to create one beautiful piece of art.

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Jamie — Accounting

Who was your favorite female role model as a child and why?
Nancy Drew because she could solve any mystery and was always on an adventure!
As a 10-year-old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian or doctor.
What would you do if you won a million dollars from the lottery?
Pay my family out of debt, build a family vacation home, and travel.
What are three words your co-workers at Barn Light would use to describe you?
Friendly, dependable, honest
If you could work in a different Barn Light department for a day, which one would it be and why?
Machine or wood shop because I have always enjoyed building/making things.

Lexi work
Lexi — Customer Care

Who was your favorite female role model as a child and why?
My favorite female role model as a child and to this day was my grandmother. She was so confident and sweet to everyone she knew and met. She was always strong, and independent and showed me that I could do anything I put my mind to.
As a 10-year-old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Paleontologist. I was completely obsessed with dinosaurs and everything about them.
What would you do if you won a million dollars from the lottery?
I would pay for my dad and grandparents’ debt. They have done so much for me, and I would love that change to help them out as well so they can live a more comfortable life.
What are three words your co-workers at Barn Light would use to describe you?
Dependable, eager, trustworthy
If you could work in a different Barn Light department for a day, which one would it be and why?
I would like to work in the Machine Shop. The way we hand spin our shades has always interested me and is an amazing skill to learn.

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