Resilience

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle

How did you know this was exactly what I needed to hear and what I need to learn how to do?”

This is what we heard after taking a deep dive into resilience at a Women ON Point leadership academy event in Denver last week for 30 top-level women from a global tech company.

We know resilience is one of the most relevant and critical issues that exist in the workplace today. But WHY?

Because, there is more change, chaos and disruption than ever before. Technology innovation moves at the speed of light, global expansion seems to happen overnight, millennials will dominate the workforce by 2025, mergers and acquisitions can feel like a total blindside and people on average change jobs 12 times during a career.

There are unexpected challenges, struggles, twists, turns and roadblocks that happen every single day, and if your resilience muscle is not in tip-top shape, then you’re not going to make it.

Building resilience doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Like any muscle, strengthening your resilience muscle requires daily exercise. If you want to be able to go the distance, withstand turbulent times and bounce back from adversity, then resilience is your key to success.

Here are 3 Ways to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle:

1. Know Your “WHY”

Without a clearly defined passion and sense of purpose, hardships can quickly turn into insurmountable obstacles. Knowing your “why” allows you to focus on the deeper meaning behind what you do and propels you through difficult times. It’s the “eye on the prize” strategy and your “prize” needs to touch your heart, feed your soul and be bigger and more important than any daily drama.

2. Practice Self-Care

Your career is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you don’t care for yourself like an elite athlete, you’ll never make it to the finish line. Plenty of sleep, healthy food and exercise are a given, but there is more to self-care than that. Try unplugging from technology for a weekend, spending more quality time with the important people in your life, reading a book for fun, volunteering in the community or meditating. Discover what fills you up with positive energy and commit to doing more of that.

3. Bend Without Breaking

Resilience is about the ability to bend without breaking. The more you can adapt, pivot, course correct and be flexible, the better equipped you will be to manage, withstand, overcome and rise above any challenging situation. You may have four different managers in a single year, experience unprecedented growth overnight, lose your largest client or be in the middle of a myriad of personal struggles, but it’s your ability to think outside of the box, be open to new ideas and seek alternative solutions that will allow you to win out in the end.

 

Resilience is so much more than the buzz word of the day. It’s a strategy for long-term success. If you want to make sure you’re armed and ready to go the distance, then you need to make sure your resilience muscle is as strong as it can be.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The month of May is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues, but with the staggering statistics that exist today, we need to raise awareness every day.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 in 5 people have experienced diagnosable mental health problems in the last year including depression and anxiety.

Stress and burnout are on the rise affecting one million people every day and costing the US workplace $300 billion annually. An estimated 217 million days of work are lost annually due to absenteeism and a decline in productivity as a result of mental health issues.

People are struggling and suffering and need help. This is why Women ON Point intentionally includes health and wellbeing into every summit, every academy, every program and in every way possible…relevant presentation topics, introspective exercises, private yoga, positive interpersonal connections, healthy meals and more. It needs to be a priority.

We know that overwhelming stress, pressure, change and chaos with no end in sight has become the norm. Everyone is expected to do more with less and be available to respond to texts and emails 24/7/365. In fact, 70% of people work while on vacation and only 23% use 100% of their vacation days.

The good news is there are 4 things you can easily do to improve your overall health and wellbeing and that of your team and organization.

 

Build Better Boundaries

Instead of “work/life balance,” it’s about creating a fully integrated life with better boundaries. Implement a “no work on Sunday” policy, insist everyone takes regular vacations, encourage hobbies and community activism, value quality time with friends and family, and commit to technology-free time.

 

WONP Alumni – “I finally took a girls trip!” “I went ice-fishing with my husband and left my phone at home.” “I booked and paid for a Disney cruise to make sure we took a family vacation.”

 

Strengthen Your Muscles and Your Mind

Exercise and healthy eating habits not only make you physically stronger, they strengthen your mental health as well. Get a workout buddy to help hold you accountable, sign up for a charitable 5K, or have healthy meals delivered to you if grocery shopping doesn’t fit into your schedule.

 

WONP Alumni – “I now do hot yoga a few times a week and have never felt better physically or mentally.” “I exercised early in the morning at the WONP summit, and realized I had more energy and greater clarity during the day. Now I do it every day.” “I arranged to have healthier snacks in the break room.” “Instead of a phone call, I try to schedule more meetings that include a walk outside.”

 

Embrace the Power of Positivity

We are inundated with negativity, bad news, criticism, and destructive self-talk. Keep a Brag Book to log your accomplishments and jog your memory of all your successes, express gratitude for the positive things in your life, celebrate wins of every shape and size, recognize and show appreciation for others.

 

WONP Alumni – “I implemented the positive Post-It note exercise in my office, and it has greatly improved the culture, collaboration and morale of the team.” “I now start every meeting with positive news and people sharing their wins.” “Instead of assuming my team knows, I now tell them they’re doing a great job and it has helped dramatically.”

 

Speak Up

There is no power in silence when it comes to mental health. Seek help if you need it, and talk openly about the importance of stress management, self-care and positive mental health with your team to reduce the stigma and feelings of isolation often associated with mental illness.

 

WONP Alumni – “I made sure to talk to my executive coach about making my wellbeing a priority.” “I added wellbeing to the agenda when I have my 1:1 meetings to see how everyone is feeling.” “I arranged to have health and wellbeing as a topic at our Lunch & Learn event.”

 

Designating the entire month of May to M is extremely important, but it needs to be top of mind every month. Make your health and wellbeing a priority every day of the year.

Celebrate International Women’s Day Everyday

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and we know it doesn’t get the same fanfare, fireworks, food spreads, or fun parades as some other holidays, but it should. Right?!

We, at Women ON Point, know that women are getting braver, bolder, finding their voices, banding together, speaking up, and standing out in greater numbers than ever before. And we are committed to doing even more.

International Women’s Day is 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 2019, and yet it’s hard to believe that women are still lagging in almost every category…leadership, pay, and overall gender parity. 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.

Not only does this defy basic common sense, it defies good business sense. It has been proven over and over that the companies that perform best financially have the greatest number of women in leadership positions. The companies that have the top 20% of financial performance, 27% of the leaders are women. In contrast, the bottom 20% of financial performers have 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.

There seems to be no end to what we can accomplish and the value we can bring when we are in positions of leadership. The bottom line is that everyone wins when we encourage, promote, and celebrate women in leadership roles.

Speaking of celebrating, here are 10 ways to celebrate International Women’s Day and make a difference in the lives of women everyday:

  1. Be a mentor to a female colleague or young woman
  2. Join a professional women’s group or chamber of commerce
  3. Nominate a female colleague for an award or recommend her on LinkedIn
  4. Encourage a co-worker (or yourself) to ask for a raise, promotion or stretch goal
  5. Support a non-profit dedicated to elevating women and girls
  6. Take a risk and do something outside your comfort zone like running for public office
  7. Advocate for better Diversity & Inclusion policies in your workplace
  8. Remember to write your successes in your Brag Book and boost your confidence
  9. Start a women’s group at work, initiative an event or find other ways to advance women
  10. Invest in yourself and attend a professional development event like Women ON Point: Next Level Leadership (include link)

At Women ON Point we are deeply honored to be able to celebrate women all day, every day, locally and internationally. Our goal is to help set women up for success in leadership roles in every industry by offering exclusive executive leadership summits. If you are looking to polish your leadership skills, skyrocket your confidence, and surround yourself with other female leaders, then this is the event for you. Celebrate and treat yourself on this special day…check it out!

7 Ways to Fall in Love with Work

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and love is in the air.

But what happens when you have lost that loving feeling for your job? Yes, I said “job”. We spend more time at work than we do anywhere else, and it can be miserable when we want to “break up” with work.

Just like in a personal relationship, losing the love for your job can lead to disengagement, dissatisfaction, disconnection, depression, and overall despair. Before you think about breaking up with your job, consider the fact that there are plenty of ways to rekindle the flame.

Here are 7 Ways to Fall in Love with Work:

  1. Look for a Little Love

It’s unrealistic to think or expect you’ll love 100% of your job, but it doesn’t need to be an all or nothing situation. Identify the parts of your job that you really enjoy, that you’re really good at, and that energize you, and find ways to do those more often. What you focus on will grow.

 

  1. Be Adventurous

Trying new things can be the spice of life, and the same holds true in the workplace. Seek out new opportunities, bust out of that comfort zone, and try something you’ve never done before. A new challenge is thrilling and can reignite your passion.

 

  1. Pop the Champagne

Regardless of whether or not you’re formally recognized for your contributions, value, and accomplishments, you need to celebrate on your own. Keep that bottle of bubbly on ice at all times, and remember to congratulate yourself on a job well done.

 

  1. Change Positions

If your current position isn’t floating your boat any longer, then look around and see if there’s an opportunity in another department, with another team, or under another manager. Sometimes a change of scenery or a change in responsibilities can bring back the love.

 

  1. Play Mind Games

Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude and mindset. Whether it’s through daily affirmations and mantras, meditation, or inspirational quotes, surrounding yourself with an abundance of positive energy helps to drown out the negative noise.

 

  1. Join the Group

Isolation leads to loneliness and lethargy. Get motivated by getting involved…join a club, a group, activity at work or Women ON Point. Step away from your desk and invite a co-worker to lunch. Accept an invitation to happy hour and start having some fun.

 

  1. Embrace a Mentor

Seeking the guidance and advice of a more seasoned or experienced professional can provide some much needed perspective to get back on track and fall back in love with your job.

 

There is a lot of love at Women ON Point, and we LOVE to shine a big, bright light on our alumni.

 

Check out this month’s Success Spotlight and please help us congratulate these amazing women!!

Brittany BarberWomen ON Point Alumni, Chicago 2017

Brittany works at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education and Human Development and was recently promoted from Associate Development Officer to Development Officer!!

Brittany says, “Thank you for the role all three of you played in my development as a professional, a mom, and a woman in general. I hope to pay forward that life changing impact some day!”

 

Brittany Glenn Women ON Point Alumni, Minneapolis 2018

Brittany accepted a new role as Office Manager with United Forest Products!!

Brittany says, “I am grateful for the opportunity to attend Women ON Point. It empowered me be teaching me my strengths and how to empower others, and I created a network of amazing women who empower each other. This is the greatest support system and are led by amazing coaches and mentors!”

 

Laslie Boyer Women ON Point Alumni, Denver 2018

Based on what Laslie experienced at the summit, she decided to pay it forward by giving her entire team the DiSC assessment and training.

Laslie says, “I had the opportunity to learn about my leadership style using the DiSC, and it gave me another data point about myself and how I show up as a leader. I wanted to provide other with a similar opportunity to learn about each other and provide common language in describing themselves.”

7 Ways to Get Your Career in Shape in the New Year

Happy New Year! Everyone is making resolutions and setting goals for the new year, and so are we at Women ON Point! We are on track for 2019 to be our biggest, boldest, and best year yet with new programs and initiatives, exciting partnerships, and the incredible opportunity to elevate even more women to the Next Level! (see details below)

We also know that one of the most common resolutions is to get in shape. But what about getting your career and leadership skills in tip-top shape?

It’s easy for your body to get out of shape, and the same is true about your career. You can get comfortable and complacent in your current position and stop dedicating the effort needed to advance your career. Promotions, raises, key projects, and leadership opportunities will not appear magically. This is the year to proactively get your career in the best possible shape and position to optimize those opportunities.

The more prepared and proactive you are, the healthier and more successful your career will be.

Here are 10 Ways to Get Your Career in Shape for the New Year:

  1. Update Your Resume

Before amnesia sets in and the New Year is in full swing, take the time to update your resume and turn it into a true success story highlighting your accomplishments and achievements. Better to build it before you need it.

 

  1. Invest in Yourself & Increase Your Skill Set

Don’t let your skills get rusty and outdated. Professional and leadership development is a muscle that needs constant exercise. Seek opportunities to grow and stretch yourself, sign up for a new certification, master some advanced technology, or really take your skills to the next level by registering for one of the Women ON Point leadership summits. Not only will new skills keep your mind sharp, but it will keep you current, relevant, and marketable.

 

  1. Expand Your Network & Your Visibility

Networking is not only the number one way to find a new job, but it will also take your career to the next level. Both internally and externally, you should be meeting new people, making new friends, and securing new strategic partnerships. Get out and join professional associations, networking groups, organizational committees, chambers of commerce, and more! Your network really is your “net-worth.”

 

  1. Become a Leader

Whether it’s initiating a new women’s group within your organization, sitting on a board, or running for president of a professional committee, becoming a leader and developing effective leadership skills is a terrific way to take your career to the next level.

 

  1. Build a Brand

Perception is reality, and how you’re perceived makes an enormous impact on your career…positively and negatively. Think carefully about how you want others to think of you and experience you. Proactively building a professional brand and reputation that accurately reflects who you are and what you do is critical for career success.

 

  1. Monitor Your Online Presence

Social media is here to stay. The big question:  is your online presence helping you or hurting you? Not only are your friends and family following your online activity on Facebook and LinkedIn, but so are prospective hiring managers and current supervisors. If you want your career to be healthy and to stay on track, build time into your daily routine to manage and sanitize your online presence.

 

  1. Recognize the Power of a Positive Attitude

One of the best ways to get your career in shape is by recognizing the power of a positive attitude. Instead of being “Debbie-downer”, give yourself a boost of energy with positive thinking and a jolt of joy by expressing gratitude and appreciation. People are attracted to and want to be around positive people. If you want to get noticed, recognized, and promoted, then it could be time to get your attitude in shape.

Professional health and fitness is just as important as personal health and fitness, and requires the same focus, drive and determination. Start the New Year off on the right foot, get your career in shape with the right routine and regiment, and you’ll be amazed with the results.

 

Authentic at Work

Ditch the Mask and Be Authentic at Work

Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s the one day a year when it’s perfectly acceptable to dress up like someone else and pretend to be a nurse, fireman, or political figure. However, no one expects you to administer medicine, put out a fire, or pass legislation. It’s all done in good fun; adults and children alike get in on the action.

But what happens when you feel like you’re wearing a costume every day at work?

What happens when you show up at the office and cross your fingers no one will know you’re hiding behind a mask and are not really who they think you are?

This fear is a reality for so many of our clients and the women who attend Women ON Point…and you are not alone!

They are terrified their secret will be revealed and everyone will know they’re a fraud or an imposter. They fear that a small slip will let everyone know they’re not as smart, successful, or talented as they pretend to be.

Some women feel that previous accomplishments and accolades somehow were a fluke, and any future recognitions or promotions are not fully deserved. They think, “If people really knew the truth, they’d know I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m an imposter.” This is not simple modesty; it’s an expression of self-doubt characterizing a scarcity of self-belief on a fast-track to self-sabotage.

Wearing a costume and pretending to be someone else at work is not only exhausting, it’s inauthentic. Authenticity and vulnerability are critical to effective leadership and to developing quality relationships. People can sense a fraud a mile away and will try to distance themselves, which is exactly the opposite of what’s required for a long and successful career.

According to author Brené Brown, “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” 

It’s these brave choices, and the choice to ditch the preverbal “mask”, that leads to true happiness, fulfillment, and success as a leader. Instead of putting energy into perpetuating an imposter or perfectionist persona, focus on personal and professional development and being the best, and most authentic and vulnerable, version of yourself. It’s time to be yourself and save the costumes for Halloween.

Why You Should Play “Follow the Leader” at Work

Today, more than ever, leaders are not only there to inspire and make tough decisions, they are highly visible role models 24/7/365. We all played “Follow the Leader” as kids, and it’s important to remember the rules and bring the game into your workplace and leadership style.

Gone are the days when a leader could impose the “do as I say, not as I do” approach. Leaders are now intentional role models with a “when you see it, you can be it” and a “when you see better, you can be better” mentality. Your actions and behaviors can be even more powerful, and send an even stronger message, than your words. All eyes are on you…your direct reports, indirect reports, colleagues, co-workers, and supervisors are all watching.

We all know how critical leadership presence is and that our communication is 93% non-verbal, but what does that really mean? That means that your team will follow your lead, will emulate your behavior, and will do what you do. You set the tone, the expectations, and the culture of your team everyday an in every situation through your actions.

Here are some real-life Women ON Point examples of how to play “Follow the Leader”:

Embrace Networking 

Sally is a devout introvert and tries to avoid networking like the plague. She usually arrives late and leaves early with minimal interaction with anyone she doesn’t know. Sally saw her team huddled together in the corner at a work event, and realized they were copying her behavior…she also realized how other co-workers were looking and judging her team. Sally committed to having a much more outgoing and friendly approach at work events, her team followed her lead, and they all learned to embrace networking.

Check the Tech 

Jane, as the board chair, was on the agenda to deliver a PowerPoint presentation to all of the board members. The technology would not work, and Jane started to panic. Her “little self” wanted to have a complete tantrum like a two-year-old and blame someone else, but thankfully her “leadership self” prevailed and she navigated the technological glitch like a pro. Jane knew it was an opportunity to demonstrate how to deal with adversity and set a positive example for her team.

Dress Up the Dress Code 

Mary is a busy executive and admitted that she was not very inspired by her professional wardrobe. Over time her clothes got more and more casual. She also noticed that her team was implementing “Business Casual Friday” everyday of the week, and the slippery slope was out of control. Mary upgraded her attire when she looked down at a sea of flip flops, and realized she’d be mortified if any of them met with a client and represented her team and organization looking like they’re on their way to the beach. She raised the bar, reset the image expectations, and inspired her team to dress up the dress code.

Take Time Off

Sue is a self-diagnosed workaholic and leads a large team across multiple states…she also rarely takes a day off and never, ever unplugs. Without verbally expressing the expectations, her team adopted her workaholic style and suffers from severe burnout and a high turnover rate. Even though Sue encouraged her team to enjoy their weekends and take vacations, no one did because they witnessed Sue’s style and felt compelled to follow the leader. Sue finally realized that she was hurting, not helping her team, and needed to modify her behavior in order to set a more realistic example to save her team.

Your leadership style is always ON full display…you need to always be ON Point!

And we’ve got you covered!

We are thrilled to invite you and your girlfriends, colleagues, and co-workers to attend our next Women ON Point leadership summit on September 19 -21 28 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado. Please register at (link) or contact Pam Borton at pam@pambortonpartners.com.

Looking for more ways to stay ON Point? 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.

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!

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!