5 Questions with Maria Brosnahan

Library | 10/18/2019

Maria BrosnahanWhat is the most helpful advice you ever received?

I’ve received a lot of helpful advice throughout my career, but I have to say the most important piece of advice that still sticks with me is: “listen to your gut.” Your gut will never let you do the wrong thing. When you’re making a decision about work or life, it directs you in the right direction.

What excites you about small businesses?

What consistently inspires me in my career is the need to grow and learn. I’m constantly learning new skills and listening to professionals who are where I want to be one day. I also like to help others in their careers. If I can help someone else accomplish what they want. I try to make the right connections for myself and others.

How do you support other women in the business world?

I support other women, by listening to what they are trying to accomplish and connecting them to the right people. I’ve also volunteered for Dress for Success and have given Financial Literacy to women to help them understand that appearance does matter and knowing your numbers and where they come from is critical to your success.

I’m also a Director on the Rockville Centre Chamber and I run the RVC Women’s Group. I bring in speakers that will help women entrepreneurs succeed in their business.

What are some strategies you’ve learned that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations?

The first thing to do is find the person that you want to be when you grow up. What I mean by that, is find the position you want, find the person and make a connection. Ask that person how they got to where they are? What did they have to do to get there? Ask that person to be your mentor if possible. Then meet with them regularly. Relationships take time to build.

I would also say learn new skills to help you get to that position. Invest time and money to learn what it is you need to do. Listen to audio tapes while you’re driving or walking. Read the right books to understand more about the role.

Be kind to those you meet as you grow through the organization. Be an entrepreneur in the organization and treat it like it’s your business your running.


What’s your favorite dessert?

I’m not a big dessert eater, but anything chocolate works for me. I love chocolate layer cake with a thick chocolate frosting. When I was little, I remember making cakes in my Easy Bake Oven and eating the frosting.

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