3 Ways to Grow Your Visibility

Wherever you call home, hopefully by now all the snow has melted, the trees are budding, and the flowers are making their first appearance of the spring season.

Just like flowers and bears, we all hunker down and hibernate in the cold winter months. We want to stay bundled up and hidden, but now is the time to make your appearance and to grow your visibility.

Limiting our Women ON Point leadership summits to 25 dynamic women is no accident. It was specifically and strategically designed with visibility in mind. There is no place to hide and no way to blend into obscurity. Each woman is seen, heard, honored, and celebrated…and that’s how it should be every day.

When it comes to your leadership skills and advancing your career, remember that invisibility equals dispensability.

You can no longer keep your head down and your mouth shut if you want to get to the next level. Just like the flowers are emerging from the earth and reaching for the sun, it’s time for you to expand your visibility and be seen, connected, and an active player in the game.

Here are 3 Ways to Grow Your Visibility…

  1. Internally – Pop your head up, bust out of your office, and get engaged in your workplace. Develop cross-functional relationships with new people, join a committee, start a new women’s group, and participate in the community involvement activities. This is not only a great way to expand your network, but also a golden opportunity to showcase your strengths. If you have super human organizational skills, then organize a food drive or an after-hours event. Everyone knows and appreciates the organizer, and you get to grow your visibility.
  2. Externally – Change is a constant and our new reality. That means that your visibility outside of your workplace is more critical than ever. Grow your visibility be joining professional associations, chambers of commerce, organizations like TeamWomenMN, and leadership summits like Women ON Point that are dedicated to supporting and connecting professional women across all industries. This is a strategic way to expand your horizons, share best practices, and increase your visibility.
  3. Online – We live in a world that is online 24/7/365, and the thought is that you literally don’t exist if you don’t have an online presence. You are invisible! A thorough LinkedIn profile and well managed, monitored, and sanitized social media presence is mandatory to growing your visibility on a global level. This is a highly effective way to get connected, stay connected, share your message, and skyrocket your visibility.

Unlike flowers that pop up only in spring, focusing on growing your visibility should happen all year long…internally, externally, and online.

If you’re ready to take action and to take your visibility to the next level, we are quickly filling our upcoming Women ON Point 2018 leadership summits. Together we can all shine and be Women ON Point!!!

Women ON Point is in Full-Bloom this Spring

Flowers aren’t the only thing blooming this spring…Women ON Point is blossoming, blooming, and bursting with wonderful news!

First of all, the Women ON Point leadership summit in Minneapolis on March 28-30 is officially OVER-SOLD. There were so many incredible women committed to investing in their leadership skills, we simply couldn’t say no. We have women coming from all over the country and from companies including 3M, Best Buy, Boston Scientific, Wells Fargo, Hyatt Corporation, Oracle, Medtronic, TCF Bank, Workiva and more.

Second of all, our next Women ON Point leadership summit in Denver on September 19-21 is already half full. If you’re interested in attending or know someone who would be, please don’t wait….this summit is going to SELL OUT fast.

Third of all, two of our Women ON Point alumni just appeared in the Wall Street Journal discussing the benefits of the experience and how the “Brag Book” has helped their confidence and their careers. Thank you Elizabeth (Elly) Bacon and Sherry Hicks-Buckles for continuing to be total rockstars and paying it forward…we are so proud! Read the article here.

Fourth of all, we are thrilled to invite you and your girlfriends, colleagues, and co-workers to attend our next Women ON Point Networking Event on Wednesday, March 28 from 4:00 – 6:00 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis on the Nicollet Mall downtown. Please RSVP to Aimee at aimee@womanuppower.com.

Last, but certainly not least…we are bursting with our new announcement! For three years we have been asked the age-old question after every summit, “What’s next?” Well, we can finally answer that question! We are officially launching our new Women ON Point 2.0 that will take place in Chicago on August 9, 2018. This is a one-day summit where we take a deeper dive into the most relevant challenges in our lives and the workplace today. Mark your calendars and register quickly. Click on the link.

We hope you’re off to a wonderful start of spring, and we look forward to hearing, sharing, and celebrating so many of your success stories. Please keep them coming!

International Women’s Day

10 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day Every Day

March is Women’s History Month and we’re celebrating by hosting our Women ON Point leadership summit in Minneapolis on March 28-30. We also recognize that March 8 is International Women’s Day…a global day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women throughout the world. It’s also a day that encourages action to accelerate gender parity.

It’s hard to believe that in 2018 women are still lagging behind in almost every category…leadership, pay, and overall gender equality. The World Economic Forum predicted that we wouldn’t achieve global gender parity until 2095, and the gender gap wouldn’t close completely until 2133.

Staggering statistics in a Harvard Business Review article reveal the rapid decline of women as they move up in an organization. More than half of all employees are women at the lowest levels, but that number drops off significantly at each successively higher level: women make up 53% of new hires, 37% of supervisors, 30% of managers, 26% of vice presidents, 14% of senior executives, and 3% of CEOs.

Not only does this defy basic common sense, it defies good business sense. Statistics don’t lie! It has been proven many times over that the companies that perform best financially have the greatest number of women in leadership positions, according to a new study and worldwide survey conducted by the HR consulting firm DDI and the nonprofit business research group The Conference Board. The companies that produce financially at the top 20% report that 27% of their leaders are women. In contrast, the bottom 20% of financial performers report only 19% of women in leadership roles.

Across industries, countries, and companies, men and women alike agree that more female leadership leads to stronger, healthier, and more profitable organizations. Women have a positive impact on culture, productivity, results, relationships, collaboration, teamwork, motivating and developing others, spearheading change and innovation, taking initiative, establishing stretch goals, and practicing self-development and personal growth.

Here are 10 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day Every Day:

  1. Be a mentor to a female colleague or young woman
  2. Join a professional women’s group or chamber of commerce that supports gender parity
  3. Nominate a female colleague (or yourself) for an award
  4. Recommend a female colleague on LinkedIn
  5. Encourage a co-worker (or yourself) to go for that promotion or plumb assignment
  6. Invest in your own development and growth, build your confidence, and take a risk
  7. Remember to write your successes in your Brag Book and practice your elevator pitch
  8. Choose to be a champion and cheerleader, not a competitor, of other women
  9. Don’t be afraid to be the only woman in the room, and grab that seat at the table
  10. Attend Women ON Point: Next Level Leadershipwomenonpointleadership.com

Women ON Point is strategically designed to help women take their leadership skills to the Next Level, and make a positive impact on their organizations. The next leadership summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis on March 28-30. Feel free to visit our website at www.womenonpointleadership.com to learn more, see video testimonials, and read success stories.

In honor of this special month, and to celebrate women everywhere, we are excited to announce a special 20% discount in the month of March to any woman who wants to invest in herself and her leadership skills by attending our next Women ON Point. Contact us directly (aimee@womanuppower.com) for this special offer and we will help you celebrate Women’s History Month in a big way!!



It’s Smart NOT Selfish to Ask for What You Want

Let’s be honest…we all know what we want, but we don’t always ask for it.

Sometimes we feel like we’re being selfish or self-serving by putting our goals at the top of the list. Sometimes we avoid asking, because we don’t like to hear the word “no.” And, sometimes we believe other people should just read our minds and magically make things happen for us.

All of the reasons are real and very common, but they are also some of the biggest roadblocks and obstacles to your success.

We have heard from so many women who are desperately trying to attend Women ON Point, who know how much they will grow personally and professionally from the experience, and who believe they are worth the investment, but for some reason are hesitant to ask the critical question…”Will you sponsor and send me to Women ON Point?”

Of course this applies to any and all other requests we want to make, know we need to make, but yet struggle to make. Until now…

Here are 3 tips to asking for what you want.

  1. Be Bold and Don’t Beat Around the Bush

All of the “I was thinking maybe…”, “Here’s just an idea I was batting around…”, “Perhaps at some point down the line…”, need to stop! This is the time when you need to be crystal clear about what you want, why you want it, and to be able to provide all of the logistical information in anticipation of the follow up questions. Know what it is (type of professional development), when it is (days you’ll be gone from the office), and how much it costs.

  1. Make it a Win-Win

Wanting to do something fun and interesting is one thing, but wanting to do something that has a significant ROI for yourself and the organization is another. Strategize about how to create, and present, that win-win outcome when asking. Talk specifically about what you will learn, how it will benefit your current role and your ability to bring more value to your organization, and how you will pay it forward to other teammates, colleagues and co-workers.

  1. Don’t Give Up

No one likes to hear the word “no”, but we all do on occasion. The difference is that most people throw in the towel when they hear it and simply give up. Not you! This is when you need to think creatively and come up with plans B, C, and D until you hear “yes.” Maybe you suggest looking at “other budgets”, putting it in the budget for next year, finding a sponsor, sharing the cost, delivering a presentation after the fact so others can benefit from the information, and so on. No one is ever going to want it more than you do, so you’re the one who needs to fight for it.

 To illustrate that we practice what we preach at Women ON Point, we followed these three steps when we secured our new partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Sara was crystal clear about what she was asking for when she reached out to them, detailed the endless win-win opportunities that would result from the partnership, and she never ever gave up.

As a result, we are thrilled to announce that our philanthropic partner for the Women ON Point leadership summit in Minneapolis is the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. They invest in innovative community-based, community-led solutions to ensure equal opportunity and pathways to economic security for girls, women, and families across Minnesota. We encourage you to learn more about them by visiting their website (Include link).

Success Spotlight

Congratulations to our alumni, Emily Rodriguez, SHRM-SCP on her recent promotion! Emily is now the Regional Vice President of Human Resources at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and was previously the Director of HR at Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Please reach out to Emily and congratulate her on her recent accomplishment!

In the meantime, we still have a few spots left for the Minneapolis Women ON Point leadership summit on March 28 – 30, and we’d love to see you there, receive your referrals and recommendations for other rockstar women to attend, and greatly appreciate your continues support in sharing this information.

Thank you!

7 Strategies to Stop Paralyzing Procrastination

Throughout the years, we have all had more clients than we can count who struggle with paralyzing procrastination…avoiding an email, putting off a phone call, or delaying a decision. For some people, they need to feel that adrenaline rush of potentially disappointing a client in order to finally complete a project, or experience the severe consequences of a poor performance review before they finally take action. Yes, this type of fear-based motivation can be effective, but it’s incredibly stressful, and it doesn’t always bring out your best self or your best work.

We are thrilled to highlight a Women ON Point alumni who did not procrastinate. She took what she learned, she took action, and she took her career to the Next Level!

Nancy Oliker Nancy Oliker – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago, 2017

Congratulations to Nancy on her new position! Nancy was previously the Vice President of Marketing at United Health Care, and is now the Head of Enterprise Marketing at Happify.

Here’s what Nancy has to say…”Attending Women ON Point and the subsequent coaching sessions with Aimee could not have come at better time in my professional development.  Women ON Point helped me clarify and validate the decisions I needed to make in order to move my career forward.  But it was the coaching sessions with Aimee that brought it all together.  Interestingly, my first coaching session happened to fall just days before my first interview with Happify.  I have struggled to succinctly answer the question, “so tell me about yourself”.  After listening for just a few minutes, Aimee said, “Why, you’re a developer!” And that’s when the lights went off and the bells rung.  Those few words were the words I’d been missing to pull my story together.  It gave me a great way to frame my story and make my story distinctive.  My second coaching session came just minutes after I had announced my departure to my team.  Once again, Aimee was there to help me think through the upcoming transition and providing some additional insights.  Our next coaching session will be when I’m at Happify and I can’t wait!”  

Here are 7 Strategies to Stop Paralyzing Procrastination that are a lot more positive, easy to implement, and can de-stress your life both personally and professionally.

Focus on One Thing

As women, we are genetically hard-wired to multi-task. But this is a fatal flaw when it comes to procrastination, because there are always a million other tasks on the to-do list that demand our attention. The truth is that multi-tasking doesn’t really work. Focus all your attention on getting one thing done at a time, and crossing that one thing off the list before you tackle a new task.

Break it Down

The old adage about the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time is absolutely true! Instead of getting overwhelmed by a large project, break it down into manageable sized action steps. Set mini-deadlines before the final deadline.

Decide to Delegate

If there is a task that routinely stresses you out and causes you to procrastinate, like doing spreadsheets or cold calling prospects, it could be time to delegate those responsibilities to an accountant or business development person. Most people procrastinate when they’re called to perform a task that’s considered one of their weaknesses. Remember, your weakness is someone else’s strength.

Find a Buddy

A good buddy or BFF has a million proven benefits, but one of the best is in creating accountability. Find that person who can hold your feet to the fire, keep you motivated and on track, and remind you of why your goals are important. This person can be a friend, a mentor, or a coach…accountability is a powerful tool in beating procrastination.

Know Your “Why”

For some people, procrastination is the result of not understanding the bigger picture or the larger context and potential consequences. Simple tasks are easier to dismiss and put off until the last minute if you don’t know the “why”.

Forget Perfection

For millions of women, procrastination is the result of a more serious affliction…perfectionism. It’s the endless overthinking, the constant tweaking, and the never-ending second-guessing that occurs when perfection is the goal. Do you re-read and agonize over every word in an email before you hit send? Perfection is a myth…it doesn’t exist. Let it go!

Reward Yourself

Whether it’s a major weight loss, getting a big promotion, or sending a difficult email, you need to celebrate and reward yourself. Regardless of the size of the goal or magnitude of the milestone, there needs to a happy ending or reward on the horizon to help prevent, or minimize, procrastination.

It’s unrealistic to think that you can completely eradicate procrastination from your life, but you can greatly reduce those moments when you struggle with paralyzing procrastination. Those moments should be few and far between, not a daily occurrence. It is always in your best interest to operate from a position of power, and not one of panic and procrastination.

For example, don’t procrastinate on registering for either of the Women ON Point leadership summits in 2018. As always, space is extremely limited and both summits are already filling up fast. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and take your leadership skills to the Next Level, or know another woman who is, then don’t delay! Register today!


Summertime is the Time for Success

It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone still operates according to the school calendar.  We are conditioned to put our noses to the grindstone from September until May, and then take a physical and mental vacation during the summer months.  We can’t wait to sit on the beach, read a trashy novel, or travel to visit with friends and family.  They don’t call it the “lazy days of summer” for nothing.

This may be true for everyone else, but not for the motivated, driven, and committed women who attended our last Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago in July.

While everyone else is taking the summer off, these women decided to invest in themselves and take their leadership skills to the next level…and it has paid off in a big way!

We are thrilled to announce that the promotions that are being highlighted in this “Success Spotlight” occurred just days after the Women ON Point leadership summit, and both of these women were hand-picked and sent by a previous Women ON Point attendee. It’s just another powerful example of “women supporting women”, and paying it forward in a significant way.

KaDee Holt – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago, 2017

Congratulations to KaDee on her recent promotion! Kadee was previously the Director of Marketing at IntelliSource, and has now been elevated to the new Senior Director of Marketing and Sales.

Here’s what KaDee has to say…”Women on Point was much more than a summit, the structure and intimate setting allowed for quick and powerful relationship building between a diverse group of women resulting in a motivational and encouraging experience both professionally and personally.  It was the jump start I needed to identify professional goals and set a path to achieve them while developing long standing relationships with like-minded women who are encouraging and holding me accountable.  This opportunity was exactly what I needed to prepare me for this next level in my career as a Senior Director at IntelliSource.”  


Susan Murray – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago, 2017

Congratulations to Susan on her recent promotion! Susan was previously the Site Operations Manager at IntelliSource, and is now the Director of Operations.

Here’s what Susan has to say…”WOP provided me with the opportunity to hear invaluable viewpoints, perspectives, wisdom, and guidance from other woman leaders that I can bring with me to share as I work with and lead other women. Invaluable!!!”


In addition to sharing amazing news, we are also hard at work planning for next year. We have heard, and are honoring, your requests to bring Women ON Point back to a couple of our favorite locations. Mark your calendars, because Women ON Point is all set for March 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. It’s filling up fast, so we encourage you to register early.

We are also on track to host another Women ON Point in Denver, Colorado in the fall of 2018, and we’ll announce those details as soon as everything is confirmed.

In the meantime, there is still plenty of time to make this season a huge success.

Here are 5 Ways to Make Your Summertime a Time for Success…

  1. Turn those bar-b-ques and block parties into networking opportunities and expand your network.
  2. Add a book about leadership or Emotional Intelligence to your summer reading list.
  3. Tackle some of those mid or longer-term projects that never make it to the top of the to-do list.
  4. Find a mentor or be a mentor…or both.
  5. Use the slower time to get more involved in your community, to get more engaged in professional development activities, and to get more visibility within your organization.


Not Fake News…Fantastic News!

Today more than ever we are bombarded with fake news, bad news, and negative news, and it infiltrates our lives 24/7. It’s on every channel and on every device. There is no escape. It screams the loudest and demands the most attention…until now.

As we (Pam, Aimee, and Sara) prepare for our next Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago on July 19-21, we are confident that we can drown out the mind-numbing negative news with not just one, but four success stories this month.

It’s not a secret that those who invest in themselves are exponentially more successful than those who do not. Every successful tycoon from Warren Buffett to Bill Gates enthusiastically commits 10% of their annual income to personal and professional development. They invest in training, education, coaching, and mastermind groups to ensure they stay on top and continue to grow.

We are beyond thrilled to announce that the same tycoon-type mentality is going gangbusters at Women ON Point. Women who have attended our leadership summits have experienced new dream jobs, promotions, raises, and are leveraging what they’ve learned in innovative ways to pay it forward.

Here are 4 incredible Women ON Point alumni we are honored to highlight in this “Success Spotlight”…

Ana Battung – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Long Beach, CA 2017

Congratulations to Ana on her recent promotion! Ana was previously the Associate Director of Sales for Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Hyatt Centric the Pike, and will now take her place as the Global Sales Director on the Hyatt Sales Force Americas Team. There’s even more great news…Ana has also been appointed as one of the Executive Committee Leaders for the Women@Hyatt West Coast Chapter. 

Here’s what Ana has to say…”Women ON Point was an absolutely amazing experience! It brought on a new perspective to my leadership style and highlighted specific areas of opportunity for me to focus on. I now have the tools and resources available to continue to propel me throughout my career and allow me to pay it forward for other women. I highly recommend Women ON Point to anyone regardless of where they are in their career and in their life. It’s truly the best way to invest in yourself and you will make friends that will last a lifetime!”

Katie Dittman – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Beaver Creek, CO 2016

Congratulations to Katie on her recent promotion! Katie was previously the Manager of Global Culture and Talent Management for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and is now the Manager of Global Operations Communications. 

Here’s what Katie has to say…”I am thrilled to be taking on a new role within Hyatt. Women ON Point was just the push I needed to validate my ability to go for a completely new position. I learned a lot from spending time with women from different industries, companies, and in a variety of positions. Working with Aimee gave me a lot more confidence to sell myself in interviews, ask for what I deserve, and promote my capabilities in a new light. She also completely made-over my résumé which was MUCH needed! I’m grateful for my WONP experience!”

Wren Brotzman – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Beaver Creek, CO 2016

Congratulations to Wren on her recent promotion! Wren was previously the Chief Operating Officer at RMC, and is now the Executive Vice President. 



Nicole Bunbury Sjowall – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Beaver Creek, CO 2016

Congratulations to Nicole on her commitment to “pay it forward”. Nicole is the owner of Bunbury & Associates Realtors and was so inspired by what she learned at Women ON Point she kicked off the company-wide annual meeting with personalized “Brag Books” for all team members to capture their personal and professional successes. Nicole also invited Sara to deliver specific Women ON Point presentations including personal branding, mindset, and executive presence to her team. 

Here’s what Nicole has to say…”Women ON Point leadership summit was such an empowering experience! There was so much useful information for me to re-energize my leadership and communication development. Sara, Pam, and Aimee are so effective in teaching us how managing our professional development can launch us into becoming successful leaders. Women ON Point is a game changer!”

BONUS “Success Spotlight”

Professional Women’s Club of Chicago (PWCC) – We are big believers that no one achieves any level of success alone, and therefore we’d like to shine a special light on our Chicago power partner, PWCC. PWCC creates opportunities for Chicago-area professional women to make connections that inspire personal and professional growth, support business and personal goals, and enrich lives. The membership consists of successful female corporate executives, junior and senior professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals, artists, prominent individuals in their industries, businesses, and communities. 

In the spirit of “women supporting women”, we encourage you to reach out and congratulate your fellow Women ON Point alumni and keep those connections alive and well. It’s easy to get mired down by an endless to-do list, to get distracted by fake news, and to get overwhelmed by life events — but it’s also easy to choose to focus on the positive, to celebrate key accomplishments, and to cultivate those quality relationships in your life.

And, we are here to help you do all of that and more!

There are so many women who could benefit from the Women ON Point magic, but there are only a few spots left in Chicago. We are reaching out to you, our valued alumni, to help us identify those individual women in need of this transformational professional development experience. We want to positively impact more lives, make an even greater difference, and catapult more women to the Next Level!

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