Title: Regional sales specialist
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Sherman was a probation officer out of college, then went into electrical distribution. She joined Eaton, first in a position in Seattle working for the Weatherhead part of the business.
From there she worked in Colorado, then relocated to Texas, covering the Gulf Coast, from Texas to Florida and as far north as Tennessee.
She said with her background, she's always been in male-dominated industries. "I golfed in college, and when I was in high school I had to play on the boys team," Sherman said. "When I was in college, that was the first time I was able to play on a female golf team."
Of course, her background as a golfer has helped her in a business world where there's still a lot of business done on the course. "I'm glad to see there's more women out there playing or trying to learn," she said. "Because normally, in a lot of cases I'm the only woman."
Sherman said women in business are still put into situations that can make them feel uncomfortable. "For ladies such as me that are working out in the field, it's a little different than working at a headquarters or an office," she said. "I go into mines and I go into refineries and manufacturing plants. In a lot of cases, I'm usually one of the only females, if not the only female."
Such situations, she said, are kind of just part of the job, and you learn to deflect and deal with those situations. Sometimes it's more subtle than others, while there still are some males who know they're being inappropriate.
"For me, I feel like it's improved, mostly because I'm working with a lot of the same people, and I've set boundaries on what I'm comfortable with, and what I'm uncomfortable with."