An Interview with Mariah Swanson (and how she is leaning in at work!)

Mariah is a natural leader, a great friend, a Customer Account Management Rep at 3M Meguiar's, and lucky for me, my little sister. Mariah is actually more like a big sister - she is always looking after me and always has my back. A few months ago, she told me about a time in which she stepped up at work and I was immediately bursting with pride. What she has to share with all of us this week is an exact demonstration of LEADERSHIP - taking a risk, doing something outside of your norm and doing something that will serve others. 

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Name: Mariah Swanson

Where do you live now? Twin Cities

How old are you? 24

Where did you go to college? University of M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A, Minnesota, Minnesota...

What is your Secret Food Obsession? Flamin Hot Cheetos, Cayenne Pepper, Lindt Chili Dark Chocolate

What is always in your cup holder? I wear a backpack to work (best decision of my working career so far) so I have double cup holders. I always keep my water bottle in one and the other lucky cup holder gets to house my travel mug that either has coffee, matcha tea, or Gen-Mai Japanese green tea (so good).

What do you love most in your life?

Besides my family? My friends. They tell it like it is and aren't afraid to be weird. I don't just love that, I respect that!

What is your definition of success?

Being happy and having your accomplishments be inspiration to someone else.

What have you been up to since you graduated from college?

Interned with a global communications team at Cargill which was a high-paced and great learning experience. I then was hired full time at 3M working for the Meguiar's brand.

How have you gotten involved at work outside of your “day job”?

Yes, through United Way and the Women's Leadership Forum. With the Women's Leadership Forum I was able to join a Lean In circle

At these Lean In circles, you recently took a chance. What happened?

There was an opening to present a topic at one of our meetings and at the last minute I went for it. I wanted to discuss the topic of the importance of introverts at work. I thought of this as a new way  to discuss inclusion at work.

What’s important for my readers to know about introverts vs. extroverts at work?

This is just one way, out of many, to understand your coworkers work styles.

What advice do you have for other women looking to get more involved at work?

Don't knock it until you try it.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Treat the janitor with the same level as respect as the CEO.

What impact has Everme Coaching had on your career?

Everme has provided several ways to approach goal setting and goal execution. The social media posts and weekly newsletters are great reminders to keep taking the steps necessary to reach your desired outcome.