Founder & CEO at Red Caffeine (J4)
"I think I have a great perspective about how all the parts of an organization have to work in tandem to survive and achieve success. I love helping dissect the business and think about how to put the different areas back together."
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
Regardless of size or industry, most businesses have the same problems and we’re all concerned about the same types of things.
What have you learned about yourself through participating in Junto?
The biggest thing I learned happened pretty early on, and it was around how I lacked a lot of emotional intelligence. I came up in an age where leadership was a lot different, and so I had to rewire myself. It was a whole process of unwinding my prior behaviors and habits and starting from ground zero.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
Honesty or transparency...I learned a hard lesson about not being transparent in a former business. Also having a moral vision paired with moral courage. Moral vision is thinking about your values, where you want your business to go, and how you want to show up as a leader. It’s also important to have courage to stay true to those values.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I still feel like I’m a work in progress. My old self was very in-the-moment and reactive. I’ve put a lot of hard work into self-management, and so now, I spend a lot more time thinking about planning for my day and identifying things that might be difficult to talk about or problems that might pop up. That preparation has made situations much easier to handle and I feel that I’m received better by others now, because I spent a lot of time restructuring how I “show up” in meetings or conversations.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
In my role, I focus on our growth and visibility, doing speaking events and content creation. I work on client business and on employee experience, helping to continue to improve how our people feel about their jobs.
What is your superpower?
Business growth and scaling. I think I have a great perspective about how all the parts of an organization have to work in tandem to survive and achieve success. I love helping dissect the business and think about how to put the different areas back together.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
I would love to have a PhD from the Center for Values Driven Leadership at Benedictine University. I attend a lot of events there.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
A lot of moments that have happened after our program. What always strikes me and makes me excited and happy is when I hear one of my employees or receive a thank you from an employee about our investment in Junto There’s been a lot of incredible feedback and great change in our culture...each time I hear one of them talk about a class with enthusiasm or talk about how inspired they were, it’s super gratifying.
What are you working on right now?
The most exciting thing is that we are putting a conference together: People + People in November [link to it]. It’s been a dream of mine to find a way to introduce other business leaders to all the cool people and mentors and organizations that have shaped me and my organization, and get them all in one place for a couple of days, and bring that to other leaders.