In a male-dominated field, I sometimes have to be very assertive. As a woman, they doubt my ability and knowledge so I have to prove myself.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (PRWEB) November 08, 2017
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Lisa O’Neill as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in entrepreneurship. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters.
“I’m pleased to welcome Lisa into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”
Using the skills honed and the knowledge gained from working in the flooring industry for many years, Lisa O’Neill and her husband made the bold decision to start their own company. In 2001, they established O’Neill Brothers Flooring, Inc., a company that provides quality flooring products and services for the construction industry.
As President, Mrs. O’Neill is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the company, including negotiating contracts and handling all accounts receivable and payable and employee payroll. Additionally, as Office Manager, Mrs. O’Neill ensures all aspects of the business run smoothly and efficiently, using her expertise in client-relationship building, strategic planning, business development and teamwork building.
“I have a degree in social work and I use this to do any conflict mediation between employees or contractors,” said Mrs. O’Neill. “I have always been good at budgeting so I use this knowledge to get contracts exactly where I need them to be so the business makes money and what bills to pay or not.”
Mrs. O’Neill acknowledges there are obstacles she faces as a business owner. “Most challenging is the people who have no knowledge of the field who come straight out of school and don’t understand how things really work,” she said. “Also, in a male-dominated field, I sometimes have to be very assertive. As a woman, they doubt my ability and knowledge so I have to prove myself.” Always ready to face any challenge head on, she added, “My future goals are company growth and then retiring early!”
B.A., Florida Atlantic University, Social Work; member of Fuse Alliance
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.