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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.

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:

The Working Woman’s GPS by JJ DiGeronimo


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