Entrepreneurs, Business and Community Leaders on Hand for ‘Women Do Everything’ Summit and Career Expo at Georgia State University: The inaugural summit, happening Saturday, Oct. 1, includes panel discussions, one-on-one networking and a career expo curated for women trying to find profitable new opportunities in a post-pandemic economy
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Tonya Hicks, President and CEO, Power Solutions International tells Paul Soleman of PBS, "I had a foreman to tell me that all Black women do is get fat, have a bunch of kids and collect welfare."
Tonya says, "I got where I am today through hard work and determination. It was not easy; it’s very challenging to compete in this male dominated field. I overcome the challenges with prayer and perseverance."
A CEO in the construction industry, Tonya Hicks is driven to provide women with skills for upward mobility.
Tonya Hicks disguised her gender for credibility: "Usually when they find out you're a woman you get paid less."
Tonya Hicks is the type of women that brings a lot to the table: love, support, intelligence, wisdom, purpose, class, ambition, and drive.
While Tonya Hicks admittedly has been through some tough years as her business has gained traction, her biggest return has been “empowering women economically,” she said. “Being a boss is giving other people an opportunity to make money and to help them grow,” she said. “Not until you are building up another person are you a true leader.”
A New York Times article as a part of the Women and Leadership special section: Tonya Hicks, an electrician, overcame discrimination and sexual harassment. She now runs her own growing business.
Tonya continues to be a trailblazer in the construction industry. She is among the 3% of female electricians and one of the 5.2% of women-owned construction businesses in the United States.