“Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death.” Nora Ephron (I feel About My Neck)
Nora Ephron is one of the best female leaders in the film industry and as a prolific writer she wrote great literary works that signified the courage and struggles of women in all walks of life. Until her death she left a legacy that placed her as one of the movers and shakers in the industry.
I am a fan of female leaders who defy the odds and prove to everyone that dreams can be reached whether you wear a suit and tie, stilettos, or both.
In 2016 I was given the opportunity to be part of a unique company in the staffing industry. In the midst of the big-wigs such as Adecco, Randstad, Kelly Services, Robert Half, and Manpower there stands a boutique, woman-owned staffing company in the heart of Costa Mesa named Mattson Resources. You may ask, what exactly is so special about this company? It’s their fearless leader in the person of Linda Spencer.
I met Linda 2 years prior to my joining the company. In 2014 I was asked to come by their beautiful office for an interview. That was the first time I was going to be interviewed by the President of a company and I was not sure how to feel about it. When I entered her office what greeted me was a confident woman with a big, welcoming smile. I was first mesmerized by her red nails but what truly captivated me was her unabashed love for the company and its employees. I didn’t get the job then but her smile and confidence stayed with me and I left her office determined to emulate her confidence and genuine love for people.
Fast forward to 2016 when I got a call from Mattson Resources inviting me for another interview. A part of me was hesitant but I remembered her red nails, big sparkling smile, and the warmth she spread. When I came the second time I did not see her around but was offered the job the same day. I was so excited to start just to be infected by her confidence.
My decision to join her company was the best thing I ever did for my career, I did not just gain a great mentor and leader but a sweet friend. Linda Spencer practiced an open door policy with no restrictions: you can go to her office to vent, to argue, to laugh, to eat and you will leave full of wisdom, ideas, stories, and a satisfied belly.
One of the many things she reminded me is that if you want to succeed in life don’t ever be bothered by what other people say about you, do a darn (explicit word changed lol) good job and show them who’s the boss of you.
In the past year, due to complications, Linda’s health deteriorated but she still came to the office everyday with a big smile on her face and fierce determination in her walk to inspire her Mattson family. She will always remind us to wear our “big girl panties” and move forward, no time for a pity party when you have so many more things to accomplish. You just move on and learn your lessons.
In the late afternoon of June 22, 2017 a fierce #GirlBoss, loving mother and wife, and a sweet friend passed. Her absence now brings deep grief and pain to many but the way she lived her life prepared those closest to her not to be buried by pain but to use it as a source of strength and inspiration to live a more impactful life.
To my Linda thank you for the inspiration, the wise counsel, your friendship and the genuine love. I will miss your big laugh, your tight hug and your determined purpose.
Until then my Linda, my #GirlBoss,