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SEP-OCT 2018

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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male peers, and 82 percent also felt they had the support of their male subordinates. While the survey had some disagreement on other topics, we think this shows a positive movement of inclusion for the women in our industry. But there is still a long way to go. So how can women promote themselves? Getting specialized training or certifications is one way to make a resume stand out from the rest. People who take that next step to work toward a certification are saying volumes about their will to succeed. This is extra work above and beyond the daily tasks. Obtaining a certification highlights one's commitment to the field. Certifications like LPCertified (LPC), LPQualified (LPQ), Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI), or any of the ASIS International certifications can help your resume stand out from others in the field. Of the current CFIs, almost 560 hold the position of vice president or director, and almost half were promoted to these new roles in the last several years. We're also proud to say that over 20 percent of CFIs are women. Professional Associations Women are finding other ways to set themselves apart from males in our industry. For example, joining associations and looking for opportunities to join committees can be a significant way to further one's career. Kathleen Smith, CFI, vice president of loss prevention for Safeway, shared, "I joined different associations because I believed that I would gain a different perspective on [asset protection and loss prevention] practices by looking at issues facing broader markets, and not limit myself to just the grocery industry. I know I've learned from the entire industry of security, loss prevention, and asset protection professionals that I have met over the years. Plus, this helped me with contacts I could turn to for suggestions that I could possibly apply to my organization's unique needs. "Although at the time I did not perceive joining different associations was a form self-marketing, in retrospect that's what occurred. The broader your base, the more knowledge you gain, the more areas you find to connect with others, which grows your network and ultimately promotes yourself." Smith continued, "I believe that to grow and develop as a professional in our industry, you must branch out from what you know and what is familiar. I've learned something new at every event I've attended…even after so many years in this business." As part of the ASIS Retail Council, Smith said, "Part of what I enjoy and value most about ASIS is that you will never find a more diverse population of security professionals. The directory alone gives you a contact point in company and business across the nation and the world for that matter." As vice chair of the ASIS Retail Council, this coauthor [Shane Sturman] knows that the Retail Council is always looking for women to join our ranks to diversify our membership and bring new ideas with them. I, personally, am looking for women to join us who can broaden our knowledge and contribute to our positive growth as a council. If anyone has an interest, please contact me at ssturman@w-z.com. Mentorship Obtaining certifications and joining associations are excellent ways to market one's self and make contacts, but certainly there are other equally valuable opportunities to separate from the masses. Annette Roder, former chief talent officer and senior vice president of human resources at KeHE, suggested finding a mentor to help develop a strategic outlook on the business and organizational processes. "I was fortunate to have several mentors during my career. They helped me develop my knowledge and experience, plus they allowed me to try new projects and offered critical guidance. Their advice helped me prepare for my subsequent promotions, but just as important they helped me develop a big picture outlook when working with senior executives," related Roder. "I can say their guidance played a strong part in my career development and later decision-making. I still keep in touch with them." Roder helped senior management grow the organization to almost triple its size during her tenure. Today she sits on several boards continuing her personal growth. Another thought we might suggest is stepping outside your comfort zone and volunteering for projects that you might not ordinarily consider, thereby expanding your worldview. It's easy to do something that you've tried before and been successful at but much more difficult to take that step into the unknown. However, by volunteering for assignments outside your expertise, you have an opportunity to meet new contacts, try new things, and perhaps develop a talent you never knew you had. Not just for the women out there but also for anyone looking at their career, create a strategic plan focusing on the skills, contacts, and knowledge you will need to get there. Decide who might make a wonderful mentor and ask them if they have the time. Most people, when asked, are extremely flattered and will go out of their way to help in your development. Consider which associations and certifications fit into your strategic thinking and which contacts will be important to springboard your career. Then take the time to execute your plan. We wish you the best of luck. continued from page 12 "I was fortunate to have several mentors during my career. They helped me develop my knowledge and experience, plus they allowed me to try new projects and offered critical guidance." – Annette Roder, KeHE 14 SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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