Michaela M. started at Enterprise in 2013 and joined Truck Rental three years later. She is currently a Truck Branch Manager in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Michaela’s mentors continue to guide her toward personal and professional achievements, keeping her on a path toward success. As part of our celebration of Women’s History Month, we asked Michaela a few questions about how she got to where she is in her career today.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
One of the most standout pieces of advice I received happened during the Diversity Leadership Program three years ago. I was at a crossroads in determining the next step in my career and wasn’t sure what option to take. I was advised, “Make sure that whatever you decide, you are always running toward something rather than basing your decision on running away from something.” This has been crucial to my success, and I constantly utilize it in making important decisions.
There can be times you might hit a rut, and the easiest route is to find a way out of the situation, regardless if it’s the right move for your career. When looking down the line, I use that advice to analyze and ensure that I have set the groundwork and achieved the goals necessary to position myself for the next opportunity I am working toward.
What has surprised you most throughout your career journey?
What has surprised me the most throughout my career with Enterprise is that a family-owned company from my home state of Missouri can have such massive global outreach without compromising its presence and vital impact in our local communities. They’ve made something that seemed impossible, possible.
As I continue to build on my leadership skills, I am surprised everyday by my abilities and the skill sets I acquired in just five short years. I realize the training and mentorship I received is applicable anywhere – in both my personal and professional endeavors. I watch our company achieve this by supporting our training with a global community of people and technology that strengthens our neighborhoods with employment, days of caring, Foundation grants and company initiatives such as Fill Your Tank and the 50 Million Tree Pledge.
Chris, a Talent Acquisition Specialist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, gained important insights from his mentor, Mike. Mike, Shared Services Director in Tulsa, mentored Chris for almost a year starting in 2016.
“Mike manages three departments, so working with him gave me the opportunity to speak to someone who sees solutions at a higher level,” Chris says. “Gaining his perspective helped me understand how an upper-level manager addresses issues and finds opportunities.”
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Hindsight is 20/20. But one of the benefits of Enterprise’s promote-from-within culture is knowing company leaders all started from the same place as branch employees early in their careers. They’ve seen the same things, dealt with the same issues and faced the same fears.
So who better to impart some words of wisdom than people who have been in those shoes?
We asked two General Managers with more than 60 years of combined experience to share advice they wish they could tell themselves earlier in their careers.
Continue reading Things I Wish I Knew: Susie and Paul, General Managers
Enterprise employees in central Alabama empower future female leaders.
Fifteen years ago when Ashley H. first participated in Enterprise’s annual United Way campaign she directed her contribution to Girls Inc., a United Way member agency. At the time, she had no idea it would later lead to her operating group having a larger focus on mentoring young women.
Continue reading Paying it Forward
A couple of years out of college, Katie R. had already learned a few things about what she wanted in a career—and perhaps just as importantly, what she didn’t.
“I just wasn’t fulfilled,” she says of the entry-level corporate human resources position she landed upon finishing a post-grad management degree. After two years she decided to leave and went to work as a bar and restaurant manager in Sudbury, Ontario.
Continue reading Recognition fuels growth
“If only I knew then what I know now…”
Hindsight is 20/20. But one of the benefits of Enterprise’s promote-from-within culture is knowing company leaders all started from the same place as branch employees just beginning their careers. They’ve seen the same things, dealt with the same issues and faced the same fears.
Continue reading Things I wish I knew: Art Turner, GM/VP
Regional Vice President Inez F. has many accolades associated with her name: She was the first female Branch Manager to oversee Enterprise’s airport operation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; she was one of 90 U.S. employees selected to participate in Enterprise Holdings’ first North American Corporate Minority Forum; and she served on the North American Diversity/Career and Family Focus Team.
Continue reading The making of a mentor
Kelley H. strongly believes in achieving excellence. That belief – and his commitment to it – paid off in a big way.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recently announced Kelley earned the prestigious Auto Care Association World Class Technician Award.
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In a recent USA Today article, columnist Steve Strauss asked the question, What makes someone a great entrepreneur? Among the many successful business leaders he spoke with at the EY Strategic Growth Forum / Entrepreneur of the Year Awards was Andy Taylor, Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings. Here is how the writer describes their discussion:
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“I cannot think of a better way to have spent my summer than being a part of the Enterprise Accounting department! I have gained a lot of insight into business operations as well as accounting functions.
Even as an intern I was given opportunities to make decisions that matter.
Continue reading Day in the Life: Enterprise Intern Aye M.