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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.

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


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