Lois Zabrocky has essentially built a career through hard work and understanding how to make money for her employer.

They are traits she learned at an early age, as the youngest of eight children on a dairy farm in landlocked Iowa. “My dad had too many girls,” Zabrocky said, laughing, in reference to her five sisters.

“He used us like farm hands. He was a bit of a supporter of women before his time. I understood pretty early that the way to add value or be valued was to help my parents make money.”