Corner Office Interview: Susan Bolotin
How do you feel about the changes at Workman?
It has been a difficult personal time. I feel as if I lost a friend, a friend and definitely a teacher, someone I really enjoyed spending time with. It's sad but comforting. There are so many people who have been at Workman for decades. We have little anniversary moments. When people come and they stay, part of the reason that happens is because of the kind of company we are. We persevere. We have stick-to-it-iveness. You know that that commitment to the employees as well as to the books is for the long haul.
Is it a big burden to be tasked with carrying on a legacy?
At some times, I would be lying if I didn't say so. It's not exactly exciting, not exactly scary — it's challenging in a good way to think that this legacy has been in part imparted in my hands and others to make sure to keep the legacy alive. It makes everything that you do fresh and of the moment and contemporary. That's exciting. When you're thrown something you didn't ask for and that you never wanted, like your worst nightmare — someone you love dies and dies so suddenly — at the same time, challenge is exciting. Being entrusted with something that's valuable is very powerful.