On October 19th, at a ceremony at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel organized by SmartCEO Magazine, The Resource Connection’s Janet Santa Anna was named a 2016 Brava Award winner.
Santa Anna co-founded The Resource Connection, Inc. after just six years of working for an international staffing company. Through that role, she gained experience and confidence. Santa Anna’s clients noted her passion for the work she was doing, and encouraged her to open her own business. “If you love what you do, you will be successful doing it. Helping people get jobs and [working with] companies to help them run smoothly is very rewarding,” says Santa Anna, who is now president and CEO of The Resource Connection.
Quick Tip: “Respect, include and motivate all your employees, and they will do the same for you.”
In 2005, Santa Anna learned that she had breast cancer. Though the news came as a shock, and the challenge was a tough one, Santa Anna says she made it through by never giving up, remaining as positive as possible and enjoying every minute with her loved ones. “So many of us face challenges like this, and it does change one’s mindset,” she says.
At work, Santa Anna shows leadership by giving employees a significant amount of autonomy. “I have to trust their judgment because they have to make so many decisions each day,” she says. And those decisions carry a great amount of weight as The Resource Connection takes on major projects, such as a multi-million-dollar contract the company won in 2011. By partnering with five subcontractors that were also women-owned, the company won the bid, and was selected again in 2014.
The Brava Awards program celebrates high-impact female business leaders in three categories: CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits, and C-suite executives. Brava award winners combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community, and are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at a high-energy awards gala.
The Resource Connection, Inc. (TRC) is an award winning staffing company with a reputation for attracting and placing the best candidates for its client companies. TRC is a certified, woman-owned and managed business with 30 years of experience providing staffing services, including in Temporary, Temp to Hire, and Direct Hire Placement of Office, Administrative, Accounting, Finance, Customer Service, Human Resources, Legal personnel, and more. TRC also provides Payrolling Services, Customized Recruitment Management and Managed Services.