Jen Welter smashed through the glass ceiling when she played as a running back for the Texas Revolution football team, and became the first female to coach in the NFL. At the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Summit and Salute Lunch in Phoenix, Arizona, she told her story, describing the challenges that she faced as a woman in a male-dominated industry.
She didn’t let her differences stop her from doing what no one thought could be done. In fact, she succeeded in the ultimate boys’ club. Instead of trying to compete with the men in the industry, she surrounded herself with reputable athletes, took pages from their playbooks and added her voice to the conversation. As a result, the men believed in her, gave her their respect and helped her make history.
Welter provided the following advice to those seeking to break barriers:
Before concluding her presentation, Welter encouraged audience members to challenge themselves and break through the barriers that prevent them from pursuing their dreams. “When you live your life for passion, it might not make sense to a lot of people,” she explained, “but it will pay off big time, so remember that your worth is priceless.”