The title Superwoman (or Superman) is not used enough in the corporate world. Generally when referring to administrative staff we hear Office Manager, Executive Assistant, Office Admin, and other mundane titles. It seems old school in a rather progressive world and totally boring. This being said, I prefer to use the title of Superwoman – because we really do it ALL!
I moved from Portland a few years back to start working as the Executive Assistant to a prominent Angel investor turned Micro VC. He was literally Superman and did it all by himself in an effort to grow the firm, get organized and really focus on our companies. Then I was hired; the first hire. I soon learned the world of Venture Capital and was surrounded by the most brilliant minds in the world.
Two and a half years later, we have grown the firm to five, no small feat. How do you ask? We are not limited to titles, we ALL do what we need to do in order to succeed. No task is too big or small for anyone in our firm and egos are out the window.
Let’s take today as an example. It is the 4th of July, I type this on the plane to PDX to visit the family. I was attempting to find some witty words when “ding,” an email comes through, asking to wire funds tomorrow (our day off). Ok, hold on blog, let me go set up this wire. Back to writing. “Ding,” another email. It’s the car service confirmation for my boss’ ride to the airport tomorrow. Crap, it’s for the wrong day. Again on hold blog, let me send an email to modify the car request. Back to writing. “Ding,” it’s someone in Helsinki, Finland, asking for a breakfast meeting on Monday somewhere in Helsinki. Ok, that’s done. Hope the breakfast spot is ok…thank you, Yelp! Back to the blog. “Ding,” “Hey Ashley, I know it’s the 4th of July, but I am really hoping to catch up today about the changes needed to the database.” Sure, ok. Let’s quickly knock this email out. I sip my merlot wondering why everyone isn’t at the lake or a BBQ, but then I remember, WE NEVER STOP.
My job never stops. I’m always on the clock, always, and I love it. I worked until 3 am last night trying to finish stuff before I shook town. Why? Not because I had to, but because I wanted to. Because I feel like this is MY firm too. I invest in it and it invests in me. I didn’t need to send our Portfolio Summit rental request bid or finish the master partner firm spreadsheet, or get a head start on menu selections. I did it because I love my job. I love that I am an accountant, an event planner, a scheduler, a lunch grabber, a relationship manager, a travel agent, the “closer” and even at times, a hand holder. I love it all. I love being superwoman, no job is too big or too small and I never ever say “that is not my job,” because it is. I am superwoman, who else’s job would it be?