Esurance group product manager Trinh Pham works with nearly every team at Esurance to make sure our products not only meet the needs of our customers, but exceed their expectations.

So it’s only natural that, for day 3 of our International Women’s Day series, we asked Trinh to share some of her insights on how women can succeed in the workplace, as well as some of the challenges they may face in the process.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing other women in your role today?

Women face numerous challenges in the workplace. For women in my role, I can think of several but one that is most recently experienced by me is the challenge of balancing family versus work obligations. Being that women on the whole still shoulder the majority of family management, I don’t think the workplace has evolved enough to support women in that manner. Often, we have to make the decision to prioritize one or the other. That may mean that career takes a backseat for a while because to me, it’s not possible for women to have it all at the same time.

What’s your best piece of advice to women just starting out in their careers?

Looking back on my own career, I think the best piece of advice I can give a young woman starting out is to learn the skill to sell yourself and your ideas. I think as women, we often lack confidence in our abilities so we don’t speak up and put ourselves out there as often. When we don’t put ourselves out there, we miss out on valuable opportunities that could elevate us into the type of career we want and provide us the personal-life satisfaction that we seek.

What’s the best way to lift other women up in the workplace?

The best way to lift other women in the workplace is to be a mentor if you can and be an advocate for another woman’s success. Often, success in the workplace means that there are people fighting for you when you are not in the room. The more advocates you have on your side, the more likely your contributions will be seen and heard at the right time, by the right people, and that you can be properly recognized for your contributions.

Who’s the woman you most admire?

There are many women I look up to in my life but my most admired person is my mother. I am an immigrant and I have seen the personal sacrifice my mother has made to give me and my 4 siblings a better life. She always had 2 full time jobs: mother and entrepreneur. I saw the long hours and commitment and the fight she put in day in and day out and it really instilled in me the many values I have today. Now that I have my own career and family, I understand even more the difficulty of balancing all of these obligations at one time.

What’s the last photo you took on your smartphone?

These days most of my photos are of my baby boy, and of course the last one is of him too.

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