Q&A With Michelle Varble - United Hub

Q&A with Michelle Varble

By The Hub team, March 16, 2018

United employee, Michelle Varble, with her family

In honor of Women's History Month, we are sharing stories of the inspired and strong women of United, like Michelle Varble. Michelle, the Director - Corporate Services, is responsible for indirect services and products procurement for the company.

1. Who is a woman who has inspired you?

There are so many, but I'd have to give credit to both of my grandmothers. They have both lost sons in life and have taught me that women can be incredibly strong. There is something within ones self, but strength is also garnered from the tight network of family, friends and community to which you belong.

2. What challenges have you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?

I've always been a perfectionist and someone who focuses on doing every job, wearing every hat, extremely well. Sometimes, the best performers are rewarded with too much work, and as a perfectionist, it is not easy to admit that you just simply cannot do everything, meet every deadline. Luckily, ongoing discussion with my friends and family helped me to realize that it was my responsibility to vocalize my needs in order to improve my situation. So this is what I did. I also adopted cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to reframe my thinking and learn to give myself some space to be imperfect.

3. Who at United has helped you succeed?

Everything we do at United requires teamwork, so I cannot attribute my success to any one person. In terms of my personal development and career growth, I have found a true supporter in my current managing director, Sergio Da Silva.

4. What's the best part of your job?

Being able to teach my team what I have learned through my years of experience in procurement and supply chain roles. I enjoy being a resource for my employees. A sounding board, someone to help them ideate and discover. They are awesome.

5. What advice would you give to girls or other women to help them succeed?

If you have your heart set on something, say it out loud. Let others hear you. This is the first step to making what you want happen.

6. Is there anything else you'd like to say or any other stories you'd like to share?

We have to continue to celebrate the success of women of all vocations. I personally have many recent successes to celebrate. My husband and I were blessed with a beautiful daughter in January 2017. I wrote my masters thesis while on maternity leave (and graduated with a Masters in Liberal Arts last June), and I accepted a promotion upon my return to work at United. I have found my new role at United to be refreshing, challenging, and exciting. I feel so much gratitude toward my husband, my family and my United colleagues and friends who have helped me accomplish these great things.

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