Category: Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader: Paving the Way for Success

I always say the single best quality of a good leader is someone who stands behind their employees – supporting and promoting their work, pushing them to do their best, and enabling their career growth.

Tom DelMonte became my manager about 4 years ago when he brought me on to his marketing team. Throughout our 3 year journey together, Tom always lived up to this quality. He had my back when I was on a crisis-prone project, he recognized my work and nominated me for awards, he provided me learning and growth opportunities, and he even helped pave the way for my current role leading a team. read more »

Leveraging Political Savvy for Success: WLF Event Wrap Up

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a fantastic luncheon hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF), for which I volunteer. It was fantastic to network with the group of over 200 women from top companies in the Philadelphia region and to hear from dynamic and inspirational panelists on the topic of leveraging political savvy for success. read more »

Follow the Leader: Living Her Dream- the Brave Mico Yuk

“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.” –William Ward

This is the quote that continues to inspire and drive Mico Yuk.  After speaking with her I can see why.  Mico might be one of the most hard-working and determined women I’ve met.  Her story is truly inspiring.  Best known as the founder of Everything Xcelsius, the #1 Xcelsius blog on the internet and co-founder of Benchmarkers Business Intelligence, an SAP implementation partner, she partially speaks multiple languages and has programmed in 5 – including ABAP.  For those non-technical readers out there this is quite a feat. read more »

Follow the Leader: The Unexpected Leader

I’ve worked with Malin Liden for several years now and the one thing I immediately noticed about her is that she is so appreciative and supportive of her team.  She gives recognition when she can for their hard work and she gives them multiple opportunities to be creative and then lets them fly.  She supports them in taking risks and she allows them to learn from their mistakes. Big lesson here – trust and support your team.  read more »

Follow The Leader – A Spark In The Energy Industry

You know Darlene is in the room before you see her.  Her mere presence seems to cause a shift in the atmosphere – the room seems a little brighter, the people seem a little more relaxed, and the feeling in the air is one of – ok, now we are going to get work done.

Darlene means business.  Not only is she a mother of two young children, with a successful role at an energy company, and a recent law degree – she is also ultra smart, lightning quick, and knows the energy industry inside and out.

But perhaps Darlene’s greatest strength – the one that causes people around her to take notice – is her attitude.  Positive, authentic, and focused. read more »

Follow The Leader: International Woman of Mystery

When I first joined Carmen’s team years ago she was on maternity leave with her first child.  I only knew her from the comments I’d hear from the team –

  • “Carmen is so responsive – wait until you see how quickly she provides feedback to your work.”
  • “Carmen is so thorough – she picks up on the things we’ve missed so immediately.”
  • “Carmen has a great relationship with that team – she can really help foster the relationship.” read more »

Follow the Leader: Eco Chic

I recently sat down with Martha Corrozi Narvaez, Associate Policy Scientist for the University of Delaware.  Martha is a respected leader in her industry and although we’ve known each other for many years, it was quite refreshing to talk “business”.  My biggest takeaway -although our backgrounds and industries are quite different – that core leadership lessons are universal.   read more »

Follow the Leader: Chairwoman of the Board

I recently sat down with Jen Schulze, a marketing guru at my company.  I truly respect Jen’s perspective – especially on tough topics- she is blessed with the unique ability to take a really complicated message and make it simple – put it into plain language that my grandmother could understand.  A fantastic skill that I greatly admire.

The thing that immediately comes through when you speak with Jen: her passion.  She loves what she does and it shines through – even over the phone.  She is someone who I’d pick first for my team in gym.  She is enthusiastic, positive, and motivating…especially when it comes to mentoring, networking, and learning.  read more »