Bachelors Degree, York University in Toronto Humanities, Religious Studies and Sociology
After forty-two years in the work force, I guess you can say Violet Niggl has paid her dues. But the word "retirement" never meant hanging up the gloves. As inspiration writer M.K.Soul wisely put it, "Retire from work, but not from life."
Violet's career in the private sector began on Wall Street in 1943, a time when few women held professional positions. But this was about to change. Because of WWII and the shortage of men available to fill these positions, Violet proved herself capable over and beyond and soon was climbing the corporate ladder despite her gender. She worked her way up to become one of the few women with the title of Assistant Corporate Secretary of one of the largest over-the-counter securities houses in the world. After 20 years, she left the firm to marry a Canadian and moved to Canada. Two years later, she was back in the work force, this time as an Information Management Consultant for a Mortgage and Loan Corporation. When she completed a study for them on salaries paid in the U.S. for this comparatively new field, salaries for her male colleagues were increased but not hers. She was earning the highest salary paid to a woman in the Corporation at that time, so she left the private sector for the public sector, taking a position as Information Management Specialist for the Ontario Government. This position led to a promotion after 3 years to Director of the Premier of Ontario's Cabinet Office where she remained until her retirement in 1987.
After her husband's death in 1993, Violet began a small business venture and at the same time took courses in writing and applied agriculture, two fields that had always held her interest. In fact, she had a large country garden and grew all her own vegetables. While still in Canada, she was encouraged to write a story on reinventing her life, which was published in an anthology of stories called Beyond Coping. Eventually she moved from Canada to Ft. Myers, Florida, where she resides today. A Valentine love letter she wrote on a whim won a prize and was published in her local newspaper. She began writing articles for a political newsletter soon after, ultimately becoming it's co-editor.
Although Violet has always written short stories since she learned to write at the age of four, it took a dream to inspire her to write a book. Her debut book FIRST LOVE was published on Valentine's Day 2011, followed by a Spanish translation in September of that same year, titled PRIMER AMOR. Violet writes under the pen name Violeta Barrett. Her book received the Pinnacle award by the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) for Best Memoir 2012 and the Irwin (Industry Recognition for Writers in the News) Award from the Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC) for Best Romance 2012.She was chosen as Women of the Year 2012-2013 by the National Association of Professional Women.
Violet attended the New York Institute of Finance and graduated from the American Institute of Banking, The Institute of Children's Literature and York University in Toronto, where she earned a BA. in Humanities-Religious Studies and Sociology, at the age of sixty one.
She is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, Madison Who's Who, International Women's Leadership Association, National Association of Professional Women and a Ft. Myer's Political Women's Club. She has contributed her time to the American Heart Association and is a big supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Her passion for classical music led to her support of both the Metropolitan Opera Guild and The Sarasota Opera.
Her other passions are reading, travel, photography, writing....and love.