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Women execs at HIA on getting to the top, staying there

From left: Katherine Heaviside, president, Epoch 5 Public

From left: Katherine Heaviside, president, Epoch 5 Public Relations; Karine Hollander, president and CEO, Make-A-Wish Suffolk; Carol Allen, president and CEO, People's Alliance Federal Credit Union; and Margaret Krumholz, president, Disc Graphics Inc., at the HIA-LI's fifth annual Women's Leadership Breakfast, in Commack on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Write down your goals, tap into your network, strike a work/life balance and hire smart.

That was advice four women who lead Long Island companies gave to an early-morning audience Friday at the HIA-LI’s fifth annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast in Commack.

Carol Allen, president and CEO of People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union in Hauppauge, said writing down her goals helped her to rise through the lender’s ranks to chief operating officer and then chief executive.

“I guess having it in writing helped me to see what I needed to achieve to get there,” Allen said in answer to a question by moderator Domenique Camacho-Moran, a partner at law firm Farrell Fritz in Uniondale.

Margaret Krumholz, president of Disc Graphics Inc. in Hauppauge, told the group at the Hamlet Golf & Country Club that a support network is crucial for success. And she said that women need to value that network, especially supportive husbands, rather than criticize how they make dinner or dress the kids.

“One of the key pieces of advice I give to women is how important it is to value the men in our lives,” Krumholz said.

Karine Hollander, the president and chief executive of Make-A-Wish Suffolk County, a nonprofit in Ronkonkoma, said women should take advantage of technology that allows them to achieve a work/life balance.

“So if I have to be at school for something for my son, I can log on from home, and it’s just as if I am at my desk in the office,” she said. “That flexibility is actually giving women the opportunity to not miss out on these special moments with our children.”

Katherine Heaviside, president of Epoch 5 Public Relations in Huntington, emphasized the importance of hiring smart.

“If I have one talent it’s that I hire people who are better than me in some way,” she said. “Everyone in some way is doing something better than me, and I let them know it.”

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