Know your worth: Fearless stories at work, by


Know your worth: Fearless stories at work, by Principal is a series of profiles about women leaders from around the globe who—despite challenges—found a way forward. Each month, you’ll read a new story about clearing obstacles, making tough calls, or leaning on mentors for guidance. We hope you’ll learn as much as we did from the wisdom these women gathered along the path to advancement and leadership, through their stories of gender and racial equity, the importance of representation at work, the need for workplace flexibility, and a call for better corporate values and authenticity.

Their compelling stories underscore why supporting women is always good business.

Read stories about fearless women at work:

Being herself: Deanna Strable-Soethout

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY Speaking up used to be a struggle for Deanna Strable-Soethout. When she was in her 30s, Strable-Soethout became the youngest person to hold the position o…

Seeing the World Differently: Marilyn Swinney

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY Marilyn Swinney is familiar with feeling like an outsider, just for being who she is. More than 20 years ago — after graduating from the University of Man…

A Woman of Quiet Wisdom: Elizabeth Balcarcel

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY Some people are drawn to their life’s calling almost naturally. For others, like Elizabeth Balcarcel, that larger purpose finds them — perhaps by fate, by…

Empowering Others to Succeed: Betty Lee

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY By her own admission, Betty Lee’s personal finances during her mid-20s were “a hot mess.” And she wanted to help others in similar positions learn to succ…

Advocating for Others: Lynh Nguyen Patterson

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY Lynh Nguyen Patterson knows how to talk teeth. And she knows how to make you care. That’s her job as government relations manager at Delta Dental of Iowa,…

‘Protecting Hands, Wise Counselor’: Romonda D. Belcher

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY Romonda D. Belcher doesn’t know how she stumbled across her dream to become a judge — only that the calling came early. “I didn’t know anything about law …

Leading by Example: Adilla Arantika

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY Adilla Arantika is somewhat of a wunderkind. At 28, she’s a young leader in the business world, facilitating Principal® digital marketing efforts in Asia.…

The Power of Visibility in Business Ownership

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY Bridget Cravens-Neely always knew she wanted to own her own business—a dream she and her husband James brought to life in 2017. Bridget, an Illinois nativ…

Bringing her full self to work: Munirah Khairuddin

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY If anyone had told Munirah Khairuddin at 12 where she would be at 45, she wouldn’t have believed it. “I wanted to see the world,” Munirah says. “Malaysia …

The Search For Belonging: San Wong

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY In 2009, San Wong’s husband Steven died of a sudden heart attack a week before Christmas. Their twin sons were only 11. Not long after, everyone began ask…

Diversity and Inclusion as a Way of Life: Miriam Lewis

KNOW YOUR WORTH: FEARLESS STORIES AT WORK, BY Miriam Lewis was ready for something new. From her earliest gig at a small financial services firm, to other Citigroup subsidiaries, she’d always been hun…