More than ever women are taking over. No longer being pushed to the sidelines women are demanding equal rights and taking charge. Proving once and for all that women really can do anything men can! One woman who was able to inspire her company and play a significant role in its success was Ruth Erickson. Opening IC Systems in 1938 with her husband Jack Erickson, Ruth played an essential role from the start. Starting out in the very beginning the key to IC Systems’ early success was the ability to accumulate customers. Ruth took it upon herself to advertise her company’s services by going out and making visits to possible clients in person. The client list grew quickly from Ruth’s early strategy and word spread locally about the benefits of having a dedicated partner to assist in collections. As IC Systems grew Ruth took on other responsibilities as well including writing letter that would be sent out to consumers in an attempt to aid in the collection process. There was nothing she couldn’t do juggling many responsibilities that were key factors in the company’s success. One of Ruth’s most famous legacies within her company was the early adoption of technology. Her goal was to give the best possible service to consumers and clients. The early commitment, still in practice today, has put IC Systems ahead of others enabling it to expand the services offered before anyone else. Through Ruth’s early work in establishing IC Systems she was able to leave behind a lasting foundation that can still be seen throughout the company’s operations today. Because of Ruth’s hard work, installment of trust within the company, and reliance on family to accomplish goals IC Systems has been able to remain family-owned, now under the third generation of family leadership. Without Ruth Erickson there would be no IC Systems. She has been blazing the trail for women since day one, helping to create a respectable and reliable company for clients, consumers, and employees alike.