QC WOMEN IN BUSINESS: RUTH AHNEN, MODERN WOODMEN OF AMERICA

If you’ve been to one of the Quad City Moms Blog events in the past two years, you would likely recognize Ruth Ahnen, one of our loyal sponsors and financial representative with Modern Woodmen of America.

Ruth is passionate about helping local moms (and their families) reach their financial goals. That means helping to secure your financial future, save for college, and protect your family in the case of the unexpected.

But there are a lot of things you may not know about Ruth – she grew up on a farm, she served as a member of the military, and she is now one of the top representatives among 1,500 Modern Woodmen representatives nationwide.

We’re spotlighting her background as a local woman in business – a woman who has found incredible success and passion in a male-dominated field.

You grew up on your family’s farm in Minnesota with two brothers. Is this where you learned to work hard to get what you want?

I definitely learned the value of hard work while growing up on a farm.

I learned that hard work and discipline almost always pay dividends – whether financial in nature, spiritual in nature, or gaining a closer bond with family and friends. Hard work also gives me a better understanding of the methods to help each of my clients achieve their goals.

I was exposed to all of the traditional farming responsibilities that many farm families enjoy. It’s still a big part of who I am!

What made you decide to join the military? How has this background helped you in your career?

I grew up learning about the opportunities the military could provide through my younger brother, who had always planned on joining. After seeing the sacrifices that many in military pay on a daily basis, I knew in my heart that I wanted a career where I could help people in as many ways as possible.

I get the most enjoyment from my career when I see members achieve their dreams and goals. I save my biggest smiles for those cherished moments.

People in the military are passionate and sign up. They are voluntarily putting themselves out in front to serve others. I am very passionate about volunteering in my local community. Now I’m able to sign up and put myself out there for my local community. There are a lot of similarities in the two endeavors.

What do you enjoy doing on a daily basis as a financial representative?

Two things: I love the daily interaction that I get with members or potential members, and I love helping my clients meet their goals.

How do you feel as a female in a heavily male industry?

Being a female in a male-dominated industry has made me a much better advisor. When it comes to actually making the decision, women have a big influence in the home on the final decision. I think being a female advisor allows me to relate with the decision makers in the households.

Members want a relationship with a representative they trust. I believe that women can sometimes build relationships better than our male counterparts. Relationship- building is a trait that girls are taught from a very young age. I think it gives me a big advantage.

As one of the top financial representatives for Modern Woodmen, what characteristics do you think a person needs to be successful?

Balance.

When you are at work, focus 100 percent of your attention to your career. Don’t commingle work and non-work activities when you are at work.

However, it’s important to take time for your family, your community and yourself. When you are feeling your best, you will be the best for your clients.

Disclosure: Thanks to Ruth Ahnen, Modern Woodmen of America, for sponsoring today’s post. We at QCMB love working with local businesses to share positive information and make our community a better place to live, work, and play.

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