I have no regrets. I was in the military for 11 years. I enjoyed my career, but it was time for a change.
Garden City, NY (PRWEB) September 09, 2014
NAPW honors Vernetta Rascoe as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Rascoe is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in environmental compliance. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.
“I wasn’t working. I was sitting on a bus and it stopped in front of a recruiting station. I got off and I signed up!” says Ms. Rascoe, explaining her spontaneous decision to join the United States Air Force. “I have no regrets. I was in the military for 11 years. I enjoyed my career, but it was time for a change.”
It was during her military tenure that Ms. Rascoe honed her leadership and communication skills while working in communications and industrial engineering. After retiring from the Air Force, she went on to work in a number of other areas including transportation logistics, product inventory control and management. Ms. Rascoe also held numerous leadership positions in the lumber manufacturing industry.
Currently, Ms. Rascoe is the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager at Weyerhaeuser NR Company. In her role, she oversees the environmental compliance of the facility for Title V permitting, addressing various environmental issues and finding solutions when necessary.
Working in both the military and in her current role has been a challenge, says Ms. Rascoe, because they are both heavily male dominated. But that hasn’t deterred her in the least. She encourages young women she meets in the industry, as well as her own daughter, to always reach for the unexpected. “I always tell them not to be afraid to try something new. You never know what you may have an aptitude for,” says Ms. Rascoe, who is working toward her Master's degree in Environmental Engineering.
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