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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

 

Join the Conversation and Spread the Word:

 

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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

 

Connect & spread the word:

 

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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

 

Ways to Join the conversation & spread the word: 

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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

 

Ways to Join the conversation & spread the word: 

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