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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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