Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells: Northeast Ohio’s influential women

May 15, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Like women everywhere, women in Greater Cleveland face barriers in the professional sphere. So cleveland.com reached out to some of the region’s most influential women, those who because of their hard work, integrity and vision, have risen to the top ranks of leadership. These leaders are the among the most powerful, connected leaders in Northeast Ohio -- in business, philanthropy and public service.

We asked them how society can bulldoze barriers blocking women, how women can handle sexist comments and what they’ve learned over the course of their careers.

Hear from Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, CEO of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District:

If you could distill everything you’ve learned in your career into one piece of advice, what would it be?

“Show up and deliver.” Say yes to opportunities, be helpful and take a seat at the table, be present and participate. Listen to folks across a range of jobs and responsibilities and deliver on your commitments.

How do you think women in the workplace should respond to when confronted by unacceptable comments, or sexism exhibited by male colleagues?

I encourage employees to be familiar with employer policies relating to harassment. Employees who are comfortable doing so can point out the unacceptable and inappropriate behavior to the person. In any event, employees should follow the policy and report the unacceptable and inappropriate behavior. It can feel uncomfortable to address another person’s behavior, but it’s important to do so.

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