People Strategy & Transformation Advisor at RGP and Independent
JuntoMentor: ReviewTrackers (J4)
"I believe that everybody wants to be seen and heard, to feel like they’re important and that they can make a difference, and I think you can inspire people by giving them love."
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
I love Seth Godin’s blog. It’s always inspiring you to make a commitment to push yourself harder, be authentic, do things differently, and not cut corners.
What is your superpower?
Love. I believe that everybody wants to be seen and heard, to feel like they’re important and that they can make a difference, and I think you can inspire people by giving them love.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I’m a transformation consultant. I work with companies going through large scale changes - a strategy change, leadership change, ownership change - and I focus on the things that the company needs to implement or grow to execute their strategy. It really spans across industries, but I always really enjoy working with technology companies, because their speed of change is so much faster than other industries.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I actually had a 360 degree review done, and my emotional intelligence was so low that the coach spent our time working only on that. So my strength is advocating the transformative power of emotional intelligence, and helping to teach others how it can help.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
People are more capable and can be significantly more impactful when they are coming from a place of abundance and feeling good rather than from a place of fear or scarcity.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
A one-on-one mentoring session not long ago when [my mentee] said that she got a raise in a situation where they had to freeze company payroll. Through the work that we did together, she was becoming more open and strategic and learning to speak up. The company and management realized how valuable she is, so to acknowledge that by giving her a raise was special to me.
What are you working on right now?
I’m in the process of crafting a program or a blog or an app to help women become more confident in the professional world. It’s something that I would have liked to have, and it’s something I want to help with since I’ve been on that journey. I’m also helping a professional services company change their management practice, creating materials for sales, training people, for new solutions, and new ways of going to the market that differentiate them from competitors.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
Empathy. As a leader, it’s not just about what you can do, it’s working through others and inspiring them to further work through others by putting yourself in their shoes. Also, one interesting twist for women is when they bring empathy to being assertive, they’re less likely to be viewed negatively. People who are empathic with assertion are viewed positively.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
How important it is to listen. It’s not just about “I heard what you said”, it’s acknowledging them, and what they bring to the table. Through Junto I’ve learned how important that is, and to practice that with the groups I’ve worked with.