Power Women 2021: Joan Botts
Vice President of Marketing, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
What’s your secret to success?
There is no silver bullet secret to success. Hard work, dedication, passion, conviction and love are the things that have helped me get to where I am today — both personally and professionally.
What attracted you to your career?
Marketing is a different adventure every day. The dynamic challenges, projects, pace, tasks and constant changes, and the team members I work with, are what I love about my job AND what keeps my job so interesting!
How did you get started in your field?
I graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in public relations. I worked through several internships and marketing-related jobs along the way.
What advice would you give to a young woman starting her career?
Don’t accept the “glass ceiling.” Push through, work hard, believe in your dreams, study your craft, be passionate and don’t be shy about promoting your accomplishments. Take advantage of everything you can learn in every job along the way, even entry-level positions. I promise there are valuable lessons in every step of your journey!
What obstacles have you had to overcome?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer when my daughter was a year old — one week prior to relocating for a new position. With the support of my family and my new employers at the time, my six months of treatment went smoothly and, ultimately, made me a stronger person.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Go forth and set the world on fire.” — St. Ignatius Loyola