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Pass the Torch for Women Monthly Mentoring Chat

Julie Petr, Executive Director of Pass the Torch for Women Foundation, hosts a monthly mentoring chat with business and community leaders.

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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