Celebrating the Women of Compass: Isabella Amorim-Kuhner
This year’s Women’s History Month theme is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” How do you provide healing or promote hope?
It is important for me to show up authentically at work every day. I was born and raised in Brazil, where personal connections are at the core of our culture. Because of that, I champion cross-functional collaboration to open up thinking and gain new perspectives while bringing compassion, honesty, and an attitude of “let’s get it done.” To me promoting hope is being there for one another, helping each other see what “can be.”
What was a breakthrough moment for you in your personal or professional journey that shaped where you are today?
Before I came to Foodbuy, I worked in nonprofit at a job I really loved, but after having my first two children, I decided both a shift in careers and schedules would work best for my growing family. I went for a complete change and started at Foodbuy as a category specialist, which enabled me to learn our business fundamentals and set a solid foundation for growth. I have built amazing relationships here, and I feel incredibly validated in my decision to change careers.
How do you maintain the work-life balance that is historically more difficult for women because of the responsibilities at work and home?
It is not easy, and I do not have it all figured out! Mothers tend to put too much pressure on themselves, and these high expectations can be costly. I am no exception and the maternal guilt is very real. Constant balance is probably unrealistic because there are times when a certain responsibility takes over more of our life than the other. I try not to compare myself with others and take the quality-vs.-quantity approach with my work and my family. It is critical to me to set boundaries – I have to unplug and recharge after a full day at work.
What words do you live by?
I love these two quotes:
- “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
- “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington, Author and Co-founder of The Huffington Post
I think women leaders are transformational – inspiring, caring and able to juggle multiple priorities. We welcome diverse perspectives, which often lead to innovative solutions. We are constantly having to triage what is critical and what is not – whether at work or at home.
At Compass, we often hear “Be the Difference” you want to see. How are you being the difference at Compass?
I would love to see more women in leadership positions and the normalization of work and motherhood coexisting. Women are ethical and civic-minded, embrace diversity and seek progress. I hope I am being the difference by laying the path and representing other women and mothers –serving as a role model to those around me, leading by example, promoting positive interactions, showing tenacity and being part of the solution.