This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating all the incredible women at Young’s Market Company. We are proud to have a large team of women who work hard every day.

Today, some of our Young’s team members share their advice for advancing in the industry and their career highlights in honor of International Women’s Day.

Samantha Cristiani (Owchinko)

Portfolio Director

What piece of advice would you offer to women in the industry looking to take that next step in their career?

“My advice would be: don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. This could include changing departments, relocating, or having a solutions-oriented difficult conversation. The best way to learn what you’re capable of is to navigate uncharted paths.”

Philana Bouvier

Senior Vice President, New Business Development

What advice would you share with the next generation of women in the industry?

“Women supporting women is powerful. Make the time to give back. Cultivating a strong network of women provides extraordinary opportunities for leadership and personal growth.”

Jessica Kirby

VP of National & Strategic Accounts, On Premise

What piece of advice would you offer to women in the industry looking to take that next step in their career?

“Speak up, go for it, and jump in head first. If the opportunity is scary and you’re afraid, you’ll fail. Trust in yourself, because doubt is the only thing between you and your next step.”

Krista Frausto

Sales Manager

What piece of advice would you offer to women in the industry looking to take that next step in their career?

“Don’t be afraid to be a disrupter. Have a clear mind, consider the whole picture, be fair and reasonable, but if things need to change be the proponent of that change!” -Krista Frausto, Sales Manager”

Taylor Villanueva

Communications Specialist

What piece of advice would you offer to women in the industry looking to take that next step in their career?

“Continue to learn and ask questions. Find that balance between taking pride in your past accomplishments and working toward your next big project.”

Tesha Watral

Senior Director, National Accounts, On-Premise

At which moment in your career did you know that this was the industry for you?

“I fell in love with the beverage and hospitality industry during my first role after completing my undergraduate degree.  My manager took me under his wing and taught me about the beverage industry in regard to operations, where I had the opportunity to learn about wine and spirits.”

Erin Palombo

Vice President WA/AK – Brown Forman

Looking back at your career, what do you think were the characteristics that made you successful in a male dominated industry?

“When I started my career, the male/female disparity was never discussed so I never looked at it from that perspective. I just always wanted to make sure my name was on top of the leaderboard regardless of gender. I have always approached every situation and opportunity with a tenacious and positive attitude. I also think it helps that I am not afraid to speak up or stand up for what I believe in.”

Onita Barham

National Account Executive

What piece of advice would you offer to women in the industry looking to take that next step in their career?

“Find that leader you respect and ask for their guidance and mentorship.”

Tamiko Ishidate

Director of Sake

At which moment in your career did you know that this was the industry for you?

“When I realized I could marry my personal interest in food and beverage with my cultural background – I found Sake, and Sake found me.”

Annette Gregorich

Director of Human Resources

What piece of advice would you offer to women in the industry looking to take that next step in their career?

“Don’t limit yourself to formal mentorship from just one person.  Find your advocates (fans!) in the business, people who already know your work, and lean on them to kindly help you identify your “gaps” to build a plan for growth in those areas.  And be sure you measure your success as a balancing act – achieving business goals while maintaining the people side of work and life is true success. We aren’t in this alone!”

Ani Reilly

Key Account Manager

Looking back at your career, what do you think were the characteristics that made you successful in a male-dominated industry?

“Assertiveness, persuasiveness, and consistency are key characteristics in my personal success.  I also believe working in this industry involves a great deal of collaboration with both men and women, so being transparent and adaptable is essential.”

Tara Lee

District Manager

What professional achievement are you most proud of?

“Being nominated for Most Inspirational Employee of the Year. I didn’t win the award, but it’s humbling to know that I inspired someone.”

Victoria Rubio

District Manager of Direct Sales

Looking back at your career, what do you think were the characteristics that made you successful in a male dominated industry?

“Well, I would like to say that the key to my success or anyone’s success in this industry is hard work, dedication, and follow up. These are the building blocks that I not only live by, but Young’s Market Company also instills in every work-with, meeting, or company function. I feel if you integrate these fundamentals into your daily routine, you are on the path to success.”