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Mar 21, 2017

Julie Petr chats with Therese Niemiec from Little Wishes Foundation about starting and growing a non-profit organization that grants wishes for children with cancer.

 

Little Wish Foundation

  • Granting wishes in the $500-$1000 range to children battling cancer
  • Started by Therese’s daughter Liz when she was 16
  • Has currently granted 950 wishes
  • Operating in 13 hospitals in 7 states, with a goal to grow nationwide

 

Advice to Someone Wanting to Start a Non-Profit Organization

  • Ask questions and learn from people that have started other non-profits
  • Hire a good non-profit accountant
  • Put together a strong board of directors for guidance and leadership

 

Managing the Time Commitment of Running a Non-Profit Organization

  • It’s easy to put in the hours when you see the results and how it touches families
  • Her life felt complete after she started helping others
  • Believes that if you are able to help someone else, you should do so in some capacity
  • Therese is inspired by the time management skills of her own mother

 

Ways to Get Involved with Little Wish Foundation

 

Phrase Therese Lives by

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

 

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Mar 7, 2017

WFYI CFO Connie Campbell joins Julie Petr for February's Monthly Mentoring Chat

 

Guest Bio

Connie Fraley Campbell serves as Chief Financial Officer for WFYI Public Media.  In this role, Connie provides leadership and direction of all strategic financial operations.  This includes budgeting, financial reporting, and compliance.

Connie joined WFYI in 2016 with more than 30 years of experience in management, finance and accounting functions as well as more than a decade of legal and operational experience within non-profit and for-profit institutions.  She has served as a practicing attorney and a practicing CPA.

Her career experience has included success at Bosma Enterprises, and most recently at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

Connie received her JD from the University of Kentucky College of Law, and her BS in Accounting with High Distinction also from the University of Kentucky. She and her husband live in Indianapolis.

 

Combating the Glass Ceiling

  • The evolution Connie has experienced of women in the workplace
  • Feeling disempowered
  • Waiting to discuss an issue with her boss until she could do it without emotional attachment
  • Creating meaningful conversations instead of pointing out problems

 

Advice to a First Time Leader

 

  • Recognize that you are dealing with multiple levels of stakeholders
  • Meeting multiple needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Learn to lead for others will different skillsets than your own
  • Listen Listen Listen

 

Characteristics of Successful Team Members

 

  • Ability to work hard
  • Maintain a work-life balance
  • Willingness to turn mistakes into learnings
  • Understanding that mistakes are part of the process

 

How Connie Creates Work-Life Balance

 

  • Mindfulness to create the balance
  • Regularly gets back to nature
  • Reconnects with her community
  • Uses a Fitbit to remind her to get 10,000 steps a day

 

 

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Feb 1, 2017

Indiana's Poet Laureate, Shari Wagner, joins Julie Petr for a lively discussion on poetry and creativity.

 

Guest Bio

Shari Wagner is the current Indiana Poet Laureate and the author of two books of poems: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana and Evening Chore. Her poetry has appeared in The Writers Almanac, American Life in Poetry, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Christian Century, Indiana Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Wabash Watershed, and Best American Nonrequired
Reading. Wagner has been awarded two Creative Renewal Fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, as well as grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. She lives in Central Indiana and teaches poetry and memoir writing for the Indiana Writers Center.

How to Encourage Creativity in Young People

  • Read to them
  • Encourage them to read
  • Stress that writing is a process, and requires many drafts
  • Teach them patience with the process

 

Steps to Becoming a Professional Writer

  • Join a writer's group to get feedback on your work
  • Take a class to improve your writing
  • Make sure your poems are a good fit for a publication before you submit them
  • Follow submission guidelines

 

Enjoying the Journey of Her Writing Process

  • It is process of discovery and adventure
  • Comparing the process to caving - getting below the surface 
  • Knowing that the foothold will show up in the rock to help you 
  • Maintaining faith that she will find her way through it

 

Characteristics of a Successful Writer

  • Resilience
  • Curiosity
  • Life long learner
  • Discipline 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time

 

 

Phrase She Lives By

I sat where they sat, and was amazed for seven days.

 

Connect with Shari

shariwagnerpoet.com

 

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Dec 21, 2016

Julie Petr has an inspiring monthly mentoring chat with business and life coach Sacha Sterling. 

Guest Bio

Sacha Sterling is a Business and Life Coach focusing on how we can thrive regardless of current circumstances. As a mother to 2 young children, a wife, an entrepreneur and advisor, Sacha knows firsthand how to support women and mothers as they maneuver through life’s challenges to come out stronger, happier and more successful than ever! Sacha has coached hundreds worldwide to stop the destructive habit of just surviving and create thriving home and business lives.

 

Know How to Use Your Anger

  • Anger is a tipping point
  • It's the beginning of an energy level that is productive
  • It's a sign that something needs to change
  • Knowing how to use your anger is an asset in business

 

How to Balance Work and Home Life

  • Calendar EVERYTHING
  • Block time that is strictly family time
  • Implement routines and processes
  • Create an environment where everyone's needs are met and put on the calendar

 

Focus on Doing One Thing and Doing it Well

  • Treat your time and focus as your most valuable asset
  • Focusing allows to complete tasks more quickly
  • Creates a sense of inner peace
  • Helps prioritize

 

What Do You Want?

  • You MUST answer this question
  • Answering the question gives you permission to dream again
  • Strategy is pointless when you don't know what you want
  • Reverse engineer your goals

 

Phrase she lives by

Am I here to give, or am I here to get?

 

Links & Resources

sachasterling.com

 

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Sep 28, 2016

Julie Petr has an inspiring monthly mentoring chat with author and educator Laila Ayoubi. 

Guest Bio

Laila was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She graduated from Kabul University, where she studied French and journalism.

Her father, General Muhammad Asef Khan, was the Commander of the Royal Air Force in Afghanistan during the reign of King Zahir Shah. In 1979, at the onset of the Soviet Invasion, the Afghan communist government imprisoned her father, like many of Kabul's military and government leaders. After his release eight months later, he advised his family to leave Afghanistan until peace was restored. He stayed behind for the love of his country.

In 1980, Laila, with her husband Bashir, the son of a former Afghan Minister of Finance, and two baby boys fled to Pakistan, avoiding persecution and imprisonment themselves. After a few months, as political refugees, they migrated to the United States, where they arrived in New York City during June 1981. They soon moved to Indianapolis.

Thoughts of returning home gave her comfort. She hoped that soon things would get better with the Afghans defeating the Soviets. The family then would return to Afghanistan. Destiny had other plans for Laila and her family. After the Soviets left Afghanistan countless civil wars began. They decided to remain in America. She has developed a great love for her adopted country similar to the love she still has for her native homeland. Her first job in America was teaching French at a university. In 1985 her third son was born.

Since coming to America, she has earned four additional degrees: a bachelor's in English; a master's in Community Psychology; a master's in Near Eastern Cultures and Languages; and a Ph. D. in International Relations with a focus on the education of Afghan refugee girls in Pakistan.

She extended her teaching to the areas of English, World Literature, the History of Islam, and other liberal arts courses at Butler University and Martin University. She also was a journalist for the Indiana Herald.

In 2003-2006, she served as a diplomat in the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad. She was a member of the diplomatic team participating in Afghanistan's reconstruction program. In addition to her diplomatic career, she worked as a national educational advisor for the United Nations Developmental Programs (UNDP), and served as a faculty member/program manager with Washington State University Extension at Kabul University.

Laila wit her husband Bashir, still resides in Indianapolis and continues to teach and write. Her oldest son, Ali, is a cardiologist; her second son, Edris, is a doctor of internal medicine; and her youngest son, Slaimon, is an attorney. and is currently a board member for the Indianapolis Arts Council.

 

Laila's Advice to Someone New to the United States

  • Always remember where you came from
  • Remember why you came to America
  • Work hard and get a good education
  • Always be a good neighbor to others

 

Niki's Honor and Discussion of Honor Killing

  • Honor Killing - the traditional practice of killing a family member that is believed to have brought shame to the family
  • Honor killings happen all over the world, not just the Middle East
  • Honor killings are a pre-Islamic tribal tradition, and not a part of Islam religion
  • Why she wrote Niki's Honor

 

Character Traits for Success

  • Ability to learn from your own, as well as the mistakes of others
  • Abundance of patience
  • Perseverance

 

Leadership Advice

  • Have confidence
  • Lead by example
  • A great leader knows when to follow

 

Phrase she lives by

Keep go on.

 

Links & Resources

Niki's Honor

 

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Jul 26, 2016

Guest Bio

 

Angela Cain is an Emmy award-winning former television news broadcaster and a strategic communications, media relations and public relations professional.  She most recently served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Indianapolis Airport Authority overseeing public relations, media relations, internal and external communications and marketing, social media strategy, crisis communications, community event planning and Guest Services. But she spent most of her career as a Television News Broadcaster who has written and produced thousands of stories, with stints that include work as a Top-Ten Television Market News Anchor and Health Reporter at KXAS-TV, an NBC affiliate in Dallas, and Community Affairs Director at WTHR-TV, an NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.

Angela has led dozens of community service and media campaigns, including “Shattering the Silence,” a campaign that she created to bring awareness to the problem of domestic abuse, teen dating abuse and child abuse.  In this campaign, Angela produced and wrote news series, PSA’s, Television Specials and developed community action initiatives that led many abuse victims to resources for help, increasing calls to domestic abuse hotlines as much as 50 – 75%.

Angela’s Community Affairs reporting has won a National award from the American Women in Radio and Television; four Regional Emmys; and more than a dozen State Broadcasting Awards for community campaigns, news series, and television specials with great impact.  Angela was also the first Broadcaster to receive the national Hopeline award, from Verizon Wireless, for shattering the silence on abuse.  Angela has won countless community awards, as well, for her personal involvement in community initiatives, including serving as a Keynote Speaker and emcee for dozens of community agency and business events year-round.  Those honors include the Lt. Governor’s Girl Scout Luncheon Award for Making the World a Better Place; the first-everEmpowerment Award, for empowering abuse victims to seek help, from the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence; the Salute to Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Central Indiana; the CLD (Center for Leadership Development) Mass Media awardfor journalism and community service; and the Trailblazer Award for journalism from the Indiana Black Expo.  Angela also helped raise a few million dollars, leading various fundraisers for non-profits.

At heart, Angela is a storyteller, with highlights including writing, hosting and producing Prime Time Television specials at WTHR-TV, and a 30-part series on cancer, to help launch a new newscast, as a Health Reporter at KXAS-TV in Dallas. Through reporting, Angela has learned that we are more alike than we are different and that we want to live a life where we can focus on what matters most. She has the skills to produce videos, press releases, marketing material and social media content to share the stories of what matters most to businesses, non-profits and organizations. Angela believes, when you focus on what matters most to you and your audience, that is the best way to make emotional connections with clients, customers and the community. If people know you care, they will care about you.  That impacts revenue and image.

 

Leadership Lessons Learned from her Mother

  • Your circumstances do not define you
  • Always do your best
  • Treat others they way you want to be treated

 

Angela's Advice to a First Time Leader

  • Be confident in your personal values and vision
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated
  • Inspire your staff with a shared vision
  • Surround yourself with people that are experts in their area
  • Leadership is a dialogue, not a monologue

 

Balancing Work and Home Life

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help
  • Find a way to engage your family in your work so they understand its value
  • Don't let work consume  you
  • Being a mother was still her top priority

 

Angela's Journey into Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurship has been the scariest part of her career so far 
  • Taking a course in entrepreneurship
  • Learning to grow her skillset in other areas
  • We have the power to re-invent ourselves

 

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Jun 29, 2016

Guest Bio

Cynthia Miller has studied and worked with self-esteem, body image and personal growth for decades.  She achieved her life coach certification through the Institute for Life Coach Training and ACC credentialing through the International Coach Federation.  She now draws on her expertise of fashion consulting after achieving her certification through training from Joyce Rosenblad on the Sacred Styling system. 

As the curvy woman's confidence and image coach she helps women connect with their unique beauty and foster greater self confidence so they can step into the life they were meant to live. Her ideal client is the woman who feels too large to show up in the family photo, show up at the beach, or show up in her life. It's time to show up!

 

Cynthia's Advice to a First Time Leader

  • Get okay with the fact that not everyone will like you
  • Understand that not everyone will be on board with your ideas and agenda
  • Know that sometimes others in the organization will not understand your decisions 

 

3 Character Traits of Successful People

  • Perseverance - Withstand the storm
  • Confidence - Realize the greatness within you
  • Courage - Face what scares you

 

Balancing Work and Home Life

  • Creating a balanced lifestyle
  • Create boundaries
  • Compartmentalizing family and work
  • Be working when you are working from home
  • Create a new work environment when you feel like procrastinating

 

What Motivates Cynthia

  • Knowing her "Why"
  • Desire to make the world a better place
  • When she rises to greatness, she creates space for others to rise alongside her
  • Curiosity to learn how far she can take her business

 

The Phrase She Lives By

The very thing I am afraid of is the the very thing I must do.

 

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May 25, 2016

Nikki Lewallen, CEO of Rainmakers, chats with host Julie Petr about the impact of mentorship, leadership, and using failure as an opportunity for growth.

 

Nikki's Advice to a First Time Leader

  • Know that you don't know everything
  • Be open to asking for help
  • People want transparency and authenticity
  • Share your "why" with people

 

3 Character Traits for Success

  • Confidence
  • Generosity - service above self
  • Compassion - understand where other people are coming from 

 

Suggestions for Boosting Your Confidence

  • Practice whatever it is that causes you to question your abilities
  • Ask for both positive feedback and opportunities for growth in areas where you feel less confident
  • Create a "Feel Good File" to revisit e-mails, cards, and praise you've received in the past when you're feeling not so confident in your abilities

 

Balancing Work and Home Life

  • Calendar Everything!
  • Completely disconnect from work when you are at home
  • Set boundaries

 

The Phrase Nikki Lives by

 "Love What You Do"

 

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Apr 19, 2016

Nancy Shepard - Founder and Executive Director of Indiana Women in Need Foundation, a statewide non-profit breast cancer agency dedicated to assisting women and men undergoing breast cancer treatment, chats with Julie Petr about leadership.

 

Guest Bio

Nancy Shepard is an experienced professional with 16 years in non-profit management, 12 years in medical sales, and 22 years as a registered nurse. She excels in building critical customer relationships, non-profit fundraising and management, and patient care across varied specialties, including oncology, surgery, and endoscopy. 

Nancy is the Founder and Executive Director of the Indiana Women in Need Foundation, a statewide non-profit breast cancer agency dedicated to assisting women and men undergoing breast cancer treatment. In 2000, Nancy received the Way Out Award in recognition of her contributions in diversity, leadership, service, goodwill, and business innovation.

 

Nancy's Advise to a First Time Leader

  • Educate yourself about leadership
  • Internalize what you’ve learned
  • Personalize what you’ve learned about leadership

 

Thoughts on Mentorship

  • Find a Mentor
  • Share your vision
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions

 

Character Traits Required for Success

  • Honesty & Intergrity – help you stay true to your mission
  • Visionary – willingness to adapt and collaborate to share your vision
  • Good Interpersonal Skills – ability to engage in one to one relationships

 

Indiana Women in Need Foundation

  • Inspired to start the foundation by observing the physical and financial burdens suffered by a friend with cancer
  • Addressing needs that weren’t being met for those undergoing cancer treatment
  • Using her nursing skills and passion for wellness to establish the foundation

 

The Phrase She Lives By

Be the change you want to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Mar 15, 2016

Heather Sayers Lehman empowers people to break their cycles of stress eating and create a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. They are tired of obsessing about food, struggling with their weight and feeling guilty about their stress eating. After conducting over 3000 health coaching sessions, she authored Don’t Eat It. DEAL With It! Your Guidebook On How To STOP Eating Your Emotions. She teaches the Emotional Eating Freedom Formula™ to show you how to finally stop stuffing emotions with food. Graduates become empowered around food, create consistent healthy habits and lose weight without dieting, counting, restricting, or cutting off body parts! Find Heather at GYSTCoaching.com.

 

How Childhood Influenced Her Career Path

  • The impact of growing up around a victim mentality
  • Observing what happens when you become complacent
  • What happens when you don’t set goals

 

Heather’s Advice to a First Time Leader

  • You can learn the skillsets that you don’t have yet
  • Live in your own authenticity
  • Part of being a leader is having the courage and vulnerability to be yourself
  • Authenticity helps you find your tribe

 

Character Traits Required for Success

  • Authenticity
  • Confidence in the skills & abilities you’ve developed in your area of expertise
  • trategically learning new skillsets
  • Learning to cope with your emotions

 

Successful Coping Mechanisms

  • Journaling
  • Mindfulness
  • Perspective

 

The Phrase Heather Lives By

This too shall pass.

 

Links & Resources: 

http://www.gystcoaching.com/

 

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Feb 16, 2016

Julie Petr chats with JJ DiGeronimo, President of Tech Savvy Women, in this monthly mentoring chat.

Guest Bio:

JJ DiGeronimo, the president of Tech Savvy Women, a national organization of experienced women in technology that fosters a competitive edge for organizations. JJ is a featured columnist for Smart Business Magazine, a regular guest on TV and radio shows and a preferred keynote speaker for many corporate events including Amazon, Symantec, Ingram Micro, Cisco, RIT, VMware, Nestle, WITI, Progressive, and KeyBank.

With 20 years of experience in high tech, JJ advanced from entry-level technology positions into leadership positions within Silicon Valley-based technology companies. Recently she completed eight years at VMware, where JJ focused on Datacenter Technologies: Cloud Computing, Virtualization and SDDC.

Through her keynotes and executive sessions, JJ shares effective leadership and inclusion strategies for professional women and corporations looking to retain diverse talent. Her work with professional women & girls in STEM is featured in Forbes and The Wall Street Journal along with many other publications.

Advice to First Time Leaders

·      Speak to learn

·      Take time to assess what is happening

·      Leaders work for their people

·      Leaders facilitate and enable their team to achieve their goals more effectively

 

3 Character Traits of Successful People

·      Curiosity

·      Empathy

·      Delivering Value

 

Setting Boundaries and Expectations

·      Put BIG things on the calendar first

·      Set expectations for what you will and will not attend

·      Be willing to show up 100% when you commit to something, or don’t commit to it

·      Set expectation and boundaries in advance

·      Prioritize your activities

 

Positioning Yourself for Your Next Level of Impact

·      Create relevance in the area where you want to go next

·      Create new networks of people and different conversations to prepare for the leap

·      Succeeding in your role today does not guarantee you will get to go where you              want tomorrow

·      You must intentionally position yourself for the role you want

 

The phrase JJ lives by: “Every NO is closer to a YES.”

 

Links & Resources:

https://www.techsavvywomen.net/

The Working Woman’s GPS by JJ DiGeronimo

 

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Jan 19, 2016

Julie Petr chats with Robin Fleming, Senior VP of Technology at Angie's List,  in this monthly mentoring chat.

Guest Bio:

Robin Fleming is the senior vice president of Technology at Angie’s List.  She is responsible for Technology Operations, Data Management, Cloud Site Operations, DevOps, Quality Assurance, Test Automation, Continuous Integration, Build/Deployment, SCRUM and Technical PMO.   Her career spans over 27 years with a focus in software engineering and technology.   Robin’s experience includes enterprise software, global cloud operations for Fortune 500, cloud technology, configuration management, continuous delivery, security, quality and consumer internet experience.   Robin also currently serves on the board of directors for Clear Software.  

She has held roles in startups, post-acquisition companies, and mid-size companies across a wide set of industries and spanning enterprise corporate and divisional organizations.  She has held engineering and technology leadership roles at Teradata/Aprimo, Match.com, i2 Technologies (acquired by JDA), Worksoft, and USDATA (acquired by Siemens).  

Robin has a strong passion for developing technology solutions, delivering customer value and building high performing teams.  She believes that investing in people and building great teams is the key to delivering great customer satisfaction.  She loves cultivating leaders, creating opportunities, and helping them advance in their careers.  

Robin dedicates time to mentoring women and men who want to enter technology fields and supports those already in roles with practical guidance.   She is a STEM proponent and supports and starts organizations that encourage and support girls and women in technology.   She started the Indianapolis and Raleigh chapters of the Women of Teradata and served as Executive Sponsor, she is a supporter and volunteer for the Mentoring Women’s Network and is a member and volunteer for the Women & Hi Tech.    She is active in the local technology community and speaks about technology topics.

In 2015 Robin was recognized by Angie’s List and TechPoint as part of the Mira Awards Tech 25 which recognizes Indiana's technology builders.   She is currently part of the Hoosier Fellows Class of 2016, which enhances leadership skills in high-potential leaders 

Robin is a native of Arkansas, a Texas transplant and a current Hoosier who relocated from Dallas to Indianapolis in 2011.    She and her husband David currently reside in Fishers, Indiana.   

Advice to Someone New to a Leadership Role

·      Listen

·      Be thankful and express gratitude

·      Truly care about the people on your team

·      Set your people up for success and give them credit for accomplishments

·      Philosophy – You work for your team

·      Everyone can be a leader

 

Character Traits for Success

·      Be curious and a continuous learner

·      Be energetic and engaging

·      Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support of others

 

Work Life Balance

·      Tech has given us the ability to flexible with our time

·      Tech also gives us the ability to work from anywhere

·      Finding comfort in staying connected even while on vacation 

 

Phrase She Lives By

Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.

 

Links & Resources:

https://twitter.com/RobinLFleming

http://www.linkedin.com/in/robinfleming

http://techpoint.org/robin-fleming-indiana/

 

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Dec 15, 2015

Alison Martin Books chats with Jennifer Browning Holmes, CEO of Central Logic and CEO and President of Integrating Woman Leaders, in this monthly mentoring chat.

Guest Bio: 

Jennifer Browning Holmes spent 28 years in corporate America holding management, director and executive level C-suite positions for several major healthcare companies including; Boston Scientific, Guidant Corporation, Heartport, EKOS and Spectranetics before founding her management consulting firm, Integrating Woman Leaders, Inc. In September, 2012 she joined MedAssets, an industry leader in healthcare technology and consulting services, as Senior Vice President, Advisory Solutions.

In early 2010 Jennifer founded, Integrating Woman Leaders, Inc. (IWL) a WBE, Certified Women Business Enterprise. Today, IWL is a respected management consulting firm dedicated to the advancement of women
in the workplace. IWL focus is on leadership, communication and skill development for women. The company works to ensure corporate inclusion and diversity efforts are aligned with their women’s initiatives. IWL assists companies who are interested in launching and implementing corporate women’s initiatives tied to leadership development training programs. The company has been successful in coaching and developing individuals through their highly trained, certified and skilled executive coaches. Through her passion to mentor women Jennifer created the first Annual Women’s Leadership Conference in the state of Indiana.

 

Advice to Leader in a New Role 

·      Always continue your self-development

·      Invest in yourself with executive coaching

·      Self Awareness – Understand how you influence, affect change, and collaborate

       with others around you

·      Be confident in your style & capability as a leader

 

Preparing for Leadership Challenges

·      Remaining resilient

·      Staying true to her dreams and beliefs

·      Being open to feedback

·      Willingness to make changes based on feedback

 

Considerations for Choosing an Executive Coach

·      There must be chemistry & trust

·      Look at what assessments they use

·      Coaching engagement should last a minimum of 6 months to affect change

 

Creating Boundaries Between Work & Life 

·      Learn to prioritize

·      Pick & choose where you spend your time

·      Focus on creating time for yourself

·      “Shut it off” at night

 

Links & Resources: 

Integrating Woman Leaders

 

How Remarkable Women Lead by Joanna Barsh

 

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Nov 10, 2015

Alison Martin-Books chats with Tonja Eagen, CEO of the Social Health Organization of Indiana, Inc., about leadership.

 

Guest Bio:

 

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Tonja is proud to be a 25+ year veteran of nonprofit management and leadership.  Tonja serves as the CEO of the Social Health Association of Indiana, Inc. (SHA).  She is delighted to lead the oldest and largest youth health and peer violence prevention education provider in Indiana serving more than 45,000 youth and 5,000 adults annually.  Quality evidence-based programs are provided for K-12 grade students by SHA’s professional staff in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout Indiana. 

 

What We Learned:

  • Tonja joined MWN because she realized she didn’t have many mentors that were women in her life
  • Learning to create her own success
  • Choosing to play either the victim or the victor
  • Incorporating diverse perspectives into decision making
  • Uncovering her core values through adversity
  • Integrating life and work rather than balancing it
  • Flexibility in your schedule often accompanies rising in the ranks
  • Realizing daily choices determine future success
  • Creating your life by owning your choices
  • How lack of trust hindered her as a leader early on
  • Resilience is a muscle you have to build
  • Using a vision board to keep her goals top of mind
  • How you respond to crisis is how you’re remembered
  • Living by the phrase “True character is revealed when you come face to face with adversity.”
  • What happened when a professor called her out
  • Finding her purpose in life to give back and help others

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Oct 9, 2015

Alison Martin-Books chats with Gretchen Schott, VP of Learning & Development of trueU.

 

Guest Bio: 

Gretchen Schott is the Vice-President of Learning & Development of trueU. She is responsible for thought leadership, leadership development, and learning strategy for trueU, and its member organizations.

 

What We Learned:

  • How Gretchen stays mindful of living a more graceful life
  • Feeling uncomfortable often means you are growing
  • Learning to be successful means letting go of having to know and control everything
  • Developing skills to cope with disappointment is important

Character traits of success

  • Dealing with ambiguity
  • Being resilient

Vision, Purpose, and Brand

  • Creating a purpose and vision for who you want to be and what you want to do in the world
  • Strive to be worthy of your vision
  • True success is based on knowing who you are and loving yourself always
  • Choosing to focus on ways her work and home life can complement each other, rather than trying to create balance
  • Pay attention to how you show up in life and work
  • Who is seeking you out, and who isn’t, can be big indicators of your personal brand

Advice to her younger self

  • Don’t worry if everyone agrees with you, but you need to have a point of view
  • Don’t look for validation in others
  • Take care of yourself

 

Links & Resources: 

Connect with Gretchen on twitter

trueu.com

 

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Sep 17, 2015

Alison Martin-Books chats with Emily Viner about leadership, growth, and mentorship.

 

Guest Bio:

Emily Viner is responsible for the growth, development, and retention of Guardian’s Leadership Bench, in addition to heading Guardian’s strategy to create gender, ethnic, and generational diversity in its advisor ranks. Over the last five years, Viner has built an industry leading Management Development Program delivering bottom line results, including a 100% increase in the number of Managing Directors, a 100% increase in the number of recruits from Managing Directors, and the movement of 26 individuals to first line leadership or bench readiness.

Viner has a strong belief in empowering young women. Through her creation of and work with Girls Going Places Program at Guardian, between 2001 and 2011 165 girls were awarded $330,000 to reinvest in their businesses or to assist with college tuition. Through local GGP Conferences in partnership with Guardian agencies, over 8,000 teen girls had the opportunity to connect with more than 2000 women business owner mentors. 

 

What We Learned:

  • Looking for opportunities to learn from bad leaders as well as good leaders
  • Stating the obvious is not a leadership trait
  • Knowing yourself, your strengths, and your blind spots
  • Your mentor can help you strengthen your strengths and improve your blind spots
  • The influence of Madeleine Albright on Emily’s leadership style
  • Why Emily believes there is a special place in hell for women that don’t help pull other women up
  • How learning to say “yes” was a turning point in her career
  • Saying “yes” even when you don’t feel ready
  • How we perceive ourselves impacts how others perceive us
  • Letting go of the individual contributor roll when you move into a leadership roll
  • Seeking out a mentor or coach early on in your career
  • How multi-tasking and efficiency caused her to miss out on important conversations
  • Thinking in terms of work-life integration rather than balance
  • Being the architect of your own work-life integration
  • Why confidence, grit, and resiliency are her keys to success
  • Tips for handling social bias
  • Emily’s “Live and Learn” philosophy

 

Personal Mantra:

Say “yes” when you don’t know how.

 

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Aug 18, 2015

Guest Bio:

Laura Emily Dunn is the Founder and Editor or Political Style, a fashion, politics, and lifestyle blog. Her blog has been featured on The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, The Daily Beast, and Politico. She also works with a number of leading fashion and lifestyle brands to deliver exciting content for her readers.

Laura is a keen supporter of mentoring, and in 2013 she co-founded the first Lean in Circle in her country.

 

What We Learned:

  • How the women she interviews have inspired her
  • Common traits she has discovered in strong women
  • Why she loves to find out what makes people tick
  • The impact of experiencing different cultures
  • Why to be a successful leader, you must really want it
  • How determination is a success driver
  • Why you must have a clear vision for your leadership
  • Knowing what difference you want to make
  • How she is helping other women
  • Three things she would tell her younger self
  • Her approach to creating a work-life balance
  • Using challenges to make her stronger
  • How she handles Imposter Syndrome
  • Being motivated by success and financial security
  • Why she started the first Lean in Circle in her country
  • Being Happy is #1 on her priority list
  • How she lives her “Keep on Hustling” mantra

 

Links & Resources:

Laura's Blog

Political Style

 

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Jul 24, 2015

Guest Bio: 

Debby Routt is a 25 year plus Human Resources veteran. She has served in senior HR leadership roles during most of these years. She is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for OneAmerica, an Indianapolis based financial services company. Prior to mcoming to OneAmerica in 2007, she worked for Oak Street Mortgage, RCI, Allstate Insurance Company, and Boston University.

She has a Masters in Business from Boston University and has completed her SHRM and CEBS certifications. Debby is married and has two children, a daughter-in-law, and two grand dogs.

 

What We Learned:

  • Why you’re more likely to get what you want when you ask for it
  •      What she learned about integrity from her father
  •      Why you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously
  •      The right and wrong reasons to take a leadership role
  •      The servant leader philosophy
  •      Three qualities Debby looks for in leadership candidates
  •      Cultivating a safe leadership environment
  •      Character traits of successful individuals
  •       Evaluating situations before making a career move
  •      How she creates balance in her life
  •      How she manages a variety of workplace personalities
  •      Strategies to help you move into a leadership role
  •      Why organizations need to look within for employees that want to move outside their current roles
  •      Learning from bad leaders
  •      Building a culture of inclusiveness 

 

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Jun 27, 2015

Guest Bio:

Patty has over 30 years experience in assisting organizations in solving a variety of human resource issues created by ongoing organizational change. She has assisted a broad base of client companies, both locally and nationally in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors, in growing, developing, retaining and transitioning their human resource assets. 

 

As a corporate executive with a multibillion dollar global organization for 12 years, followed by 20 years as the head of a highly regarded career and leadership development firm, Patty has both experienced and understands many of the challenges and opportunities facing organizations and their key leaders today.  Her expertise lies in an ability to assist leaders and teams in understanding themselves, the impact they have within their organizations and on others, opportunities for growth and enhanced leadership effectiveness, and action planning to meet both professional and personal goals. Her approach is collaborative and focuses on helping individuals build upon the strengths, skills and experiences that have contributed to their current success, while identifying opportunities and tools to help them significantly raise their leadership capital within the organizations they serve. 

 

Patty is a recognized and active leader in the Indianapolis business community, sitting on a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit boards. Much of her time has been spent in the relentless support for women and the issues they face both in and outside the business environment.  She is passionate in her belief that women have an obligation to help each other achieve all they choose to be.

 

Patty has a B.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, as well as numerous post-graduate hours in career counseling and professional and leadership development. She is certified in numerous leadership assessment and developmental tools that she uses to both diagnose situations and create effective and measurable action plans. 

 

What We Learned from Patty:

  • How Patty overcame her lack of confidence when she went away to college and rushed a sorority
  • Why you must surround yourself with people that will tell you the truth if you want to grow
  • What advice Patty gives to someone moving into a leadership role for the first time
  • How she has responded to gender bias in the past
  • Why she became involved in Mentoring Women’s Network
  • How four primary character traits play a role in success
  • The critical need for authenticity in communication
  • Why you should be intentional in your career path from the start
  • When to say “No”
  • What she learned from the loss of her husband

 

Links & Resources:

 Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

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May 28, 2015

Guest Bio:

Patricia Roe has served as Senior Program Officer in the access and outreach department for the last several years. Her role focuses on increasing success in higher education, by working collaboratively locally and nationally with entities to develop strategies which serve to support college success and completion for students and adult learners. In this work she interfaces with consultants, policy and principal investigators as well as with colleagues from other foundations to support institutions of higher education and best in class community based organizations. Ms. Roe has been instrumental in getting community, foundation and corporate leaders to increase their philanthropic giving in support of higher education by leveraging USA Funds philanthropic dollars. This background is instrumental in the work she will assume for USA Funds as Senior Program Director of Community Relations.

Ms. Roe is currently USA Funds liaison with national scholarship organizations such as Thurgood Marshall College Fund, United Negro College Fund, American Indiana College Fun, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Asian Pacific Island American Scholarship Fund.

 

What We Learned from Patricia:

  • How Patricia turns challenges into opportunities by stepping back and evaluating them 
  • How she strives to be a catalyst to move others forward in both her personal and professional life
  • How mentors helped her transition to corporate life after college
  • Using constructive feedback to get better
  • 3 character traits needed for success
  • Why you should always have your elevator pitch ready
  • The importance of rituals in family life
  • Why your power comes from your ability to share your knowledge
  • How tragedy helped pull her back into her community work after the loss of her husband
  • Why you must be ready to seize opportunity and experience life

 

Links & Resources:

USA Funds

 

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Apr 23, 2015

Audrey's Bio:

As the founder and CEO of netlogx, Audrey has served in the information technology discipline for over 25 years. Audrey is a true visionary and strategist, complex business challenges are her forte. Her unique skills extend into the areas of client relationship management, sales, service delivery, and staff development.

Since founding netlogx 16 years ago she has led by example seeing it grow from a local organization here in Indianapolis to a thriving business active in 8 states and starting to develop a European presence. She is proud that as netlogx has grown she has been able to maintain the company culture as recently demonstrated by the staff recognition as a Best Companies to Work for 2014. Her vision is for an inclusive organization that leverages a wide range of talent challenged to think differently purposefully creating a culture that is Diverse by Design.

In her role as a consultant, she participated in high level operational initiatives, including infrastructure design, process re-engineering, turnaround management, and reorganization. Her focus has been on data and its provenance, providing organizations with practical and pragmatic approaches to understanding the key role data and data governance plays in leveraging data into actionable information. Big Data before it was called Big Data.

Originally from the UK Audrey’s IT background began with insurance, finance, and human resource industries. Her experience over the past 20 years has been focused in the health and human services sectors.

Contributing back to the community Audrey has focused her efforts to support women and diversity. She serves on the Board of the Indianapolis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She is also active on the Boards of the International School of Indiana and Women & Hi Tech.

Interests:

Outside of the office Audrey loves to travel with her husband Nick and sons Tom and Harry, and she’s an avid reader, and enjoys movies, and when time allows, baking and knitting.

 

What We Learned from Audrey:

  • What happens when employees can be authentic
  • What critical key factors she requires for team members
  • Who impacted Audrey as a leader
  • How she makes her people feel valued
  • What advice she has for a first time leader
  • Where to find inspiration
  • What happened when she got a business coach
  • How coaching has benefited her organization
  • How she was forced to learn to prioritize
  • How dark days pushed her to take her business farther
  • Why it’s critical to realize when to ask for help

Links & Resources:

netlogx

NAWBO - Indianapolis

 

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Mar 16, 2015

Guest Bio: 

Stephanie Nickolich is the Founder and CEO of Success Society, as well as a professional speaker and motivational mentor. Her mission, passion, and purpose is to help women clear the mental clutter, step into their confidence and create a plan for massive success in all areas of their lives. She is known as the millionista mentor, taking ordinary ideas and transforming them into extraordinary outcomes. 

Check out Success Society online today and become a member for FREE! Get inspired, empowered, and motivated to be the best version of yourself through inspirational stories, a Sophisticated Board of CEO’s that are experts in their industry, online education and best in class tools and techniques that inspire long term success. 

 

The Big Takeaways:

  • How Success Society was born from Stephanie’s own struggles to find affordable resources and tools
  • How her mentor helped her get out of her own way
  • 3 ways working with a mentor was transformational
  • Why investing in a mentor is an investment in yourself
  • The importance of aligning with your passion and purpose
  • Character traits necessary for success
  • Creating systems to save time    

 

Links & Resources:

 

Styleyoursuccess.com

AppointmentCore

 

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