Welcome to Mentors and Mavens. International Women's Day, March 8th 2021, my guest is the incredible Monika Carmichael.
I’ve personally known Monika as a friend for over 20 years. I’ve watched her become both Mentor and Maven in the city of Peterborough and truly admire her strength and tenacity.
Monika bought her father’s business at just 38years old – the same years she became pregnant with her daughter. As fate would have it, she also became a single mom soon after, losing her husband to cancer when Kate was only 3months old.
The only female car dealer in the city, Monika gives her father credit for father instilling in her an impeccable work ethic, showing her how to live with genuine integrity, how to garner and earn respect, and how to take every opportunity to give and serve others.
Monika prides herself in fostering positive working relationships among her staff of 50, passionately providing leadership, coaching and ongoing customer service training to her team.
The recent recipient of two prestigious awards in Peterborough, she was named business woman of the year in 2019 and in 2018 was inducted into the Peterborough business hall of fame.
As a woman, Monika says she believes we all need to allow ourselves to dream bigger. Nothing is impossible if you’re willing to work at it. She is her own proof of that.