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.
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:
How Remarkable Women Lead by Joanna Barsh
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