Marsh Furniture has made a major donation to Women in Motion of High Point as a means of encouraging and facilitating the professional advancement of women through mentoring, training and networking with local businesswomen.

The company hopes to partner with Women in Motion to provide personal development opportunities for women working in its 600-person headquarters and factory.

Mollie Marsh Brugh stepped into the CEO role in her grandfather’s cabinet business in 2011 to lead the company out of the housing slump that followed the 2008 financial crisis. She’s been successful in getting Marsh Furniture growing again. In 2017, the company was ranked twelfth in the Triad Business Journal Fast 50 listing for business growth.

Brugh, together with the Marsh Family Council that includes Brugh, Jim Marsh, Sr. and Reid Marsh, are initiating efforts in corporate social responsibility that include their donation to the Women in Motion initiative.

“Women in Motion provides a type of training we don’t currently offer that encourages women to strengthen different skillsets with a more personal growth opportunity,” says Brugh. “It’s a very exciting idea and we’ve begun a process of identifying training needs. I’m very impressed with the strength of the program and its talented group of experienced women.”

Brugh understands employee development. Her own experience includes leading the training department of North Carolina National Bank. As a trainer and female executive whose business has more women in leadership roles today, she sees value in the type of development offered by Women in Motion.

“Women are making more progress now,” says Brugh. “However, sometimes they don’t realize that with the appropriate voice and by speaking up for yourself, they can have more opportunities.”

Women in Motion is an initiative of the High Point Community Foundation and is led by a diverse group of local women leaders and is dedicated to empowering women of all races, creeds, income and ages in the greater High Point community.

The L. Paul Brayton Family funded Women in Motion at its inception, dedicating its gift in honor and memory of wife and mother, Gwen Brayton.

PHOTO: Marsh Furniture employees Elizabeth DeLeon, Supply Order Leader (left) and Qumara Lee, Factory Production Control Manager.