Loran Visel is an up-and-coming Public Service Aide working within the SFPUC’s Wastewater Enterprise. As she reflects on the importance of Women’s History Month, one woman in particular comes to mind.
“My mom is the definition of perseverance and a strong female role model in my life,” says Visel.
Growing up there were many obstacles put in our path, but my mom never gave up. She showed my brothers and me that even when things aren’t going according to plan, you adjust and continue to make things happen for yourself. She is my daily reminder to maintain the motivation I need.”
Visel joined the SFPUC during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and has reported to work on-site ever since. She helps onboard prospective employees during the interview process. Visel enjoys working at the SFPUC because it has taught her a good work ethic and the opportunity to grow. “With the strong support system I have at work, I feel that I am constantly growing, being shown that there are endless opportunities, and being motivated to step out of my comfort zone,” she says. “I would encourage other young women trying to work with the SFPUC not to be intimidated and always stay humble. This industry has many learning curves, so you have to be ready to learn and never be afraid to ask questions.”
As Visel honors Women’s History Month, she explains that it’s a time to celebrate the historical achievements that women have accomplished that benefit the women of today. “Without the women in our history who fought for our equal rights, the right to vote, and equal opportunities, we would not be where we are today. Sometimes we forget how far we have come, and this month helps us celebrate ourselves a little more and pay homage to the feminists that have and still do fight for an all-inclusive world.”
Visel understands the importance of ensuring a more inclusive workforce by having women represented at all levels of an organization. “I believe that having women present in any male-dominated field is essential to maintain balance and have different perspectives in the workplace. The SFPUC does a great job representing all genders, and that diversity and inclusivity creates a comfortable environment for everyone,” she explains.
Visel adds one more final reminder for all the women working towards their goals. “We all get caught up in everyday life and sometimes forget to reflect on all our accomplishments, but let this be your reminder to take a moment and appreciate all that you’ve done to get you where you are today and where you want to be in the future!”