Powerful Women Share How Their Fathers Shaped Their Success

Many psychiatrists agree that women with supportive fathers develop confidence, a strong work ethic, and business acumen. Joan Walker, VP of corporate relations at Allstate Insurance, says her father taught her to set goals and be accountable for herself. Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods Inc., credits her father with teaching her to be aggressive and stand her ground. Debra Cafaro’s father encouraged her interests in law and piano, and never made her conform to gender approved activities. As chief executive of real estate investment trust, Ventas Inc., Cafaro feels her father contributed greatly to her success. Fathers play an important role in shaping their daughters success when they have strong, healthy relationships.

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