Women in Printing -- Female Perspectives
"But I would always fill in and work in various departments at my father's printing company," Green reports. "I always thought printing was so uncool, and why couldn't dad own a car dealership instead? After several years of frustration in the theatre and, at the same time, having several nurturing years in printing, I had to admit—ink is in my blood."
One of her early jobs at Greens Inc. was helping out in the payroll department, and Green remembers being amazed at what some of the sales reps were making. "Knowing I'm not the creative type and that I'm much more driven by people and processes, sales was the obvious place to call home for me," Green explains. "And yes, I will selfishly say the attraction to commissioned sales helped with my choice."
Green has the distinction of being the only daughter in the family—with five brothers rounding out the six Green siblings. About 15 years ago Greens Inc. hired a consultant to come into the company and help with direction and growth, she recalls. The consultant's suggestion was unexpected.
"After weeks of analyzing the company he sat my father and my five brothers down for a meeting whereby he quickly recommended that my father resign and have the daughter—me—be the new CEO," Green reveals. "My father's comment was, 'hey, I've got five sons—why can't you pick one of them?' "
The challenges for women in the printing industry have not been totally erased. However, more opportunities are now more readily available for females in this field.
"Great leaders prevail, regardless of sex," Green concludes, "and I have never felt that my contributions or opinions in my business have been lessened because I am a woman."
Rosemary Farley, Farley Printing
Farley Printing is a family owned and operated business located in Wilmington, DE. Established in 1973 by Rosemary and Joseph Farley, the company initially focused on publishing and advertising. With the acquisition of Knebels Press in 1977, a concerted effort was made to energize and develop the commercial printing division, while the publishing and advertising activities were phased out.