For its “Women in Business” series, Huffington Post recently spoke to Meg Sheetz, President and COO of Medifast and CEO of the company’s Take Shape For Life direct sales division. Sheetz, one of the Most Influential Women in direct selling, weighs in on challenges facing women in the workplace, mentorship and the weight-loss industry.
When it comes to work and life, “balance” is not a realistic goal, says Sheetz. Executives in particular face operational realities that too easily compromise that delicate ratio. “What is possible is prioritizing your life so that you can put your family first as often as possible,” Sheetz notes.
When it comes to challenges facing women professionals, Sheetz has a wide range of experience upon which to draw. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Stevenson University and the Greater Baltimore Committee, Sheetz is managing trustee for the MacDonald Family Foundation and the Take Shape For Life Foundation. Her participation in Vistage, an organization that brings together top area business leaders for regular meetings, has also exposed her to peers facing similar challenges.
Sheetz says in her professional experience she has witnessed two big issues faced by women who choose a professional path—a nagging feeling of guilt and a lack of aggression in comparison to their male coworkers. For women in particular, it is important to address any guilty feelings and “to speak up more often and share their opinions as appropriate,” she says.