Wonder Women: Eight Tips from Eight Outstanding Women

Wonder Women: Eight Tips from Eight Outstanding Women

By Jill Vitiello

Wonder Women is a blog series that lets me introduce you to amazing businesswomen doing remarkable work. Here are eight tips from the eight outstanding women who shared their stories with me:

Theda SandifordTheda Sandiford, mixed media artist

Meet Theda Sandiford, an artist and the creator of Wonder Women, 2018 mixed media on fabric. “A lot of communication is listening. I don’t think a lot of people do that. In many conversations you are waiting for your turn to speak and therefore you’re not really present and you’re not really communicating. I try to listen and engage people. That creates an opportunity for other people to take ownership and achieve goals.”

Patricia LannesPatricia Lannes, museum educator and learning strategist

Meet Patricia Lannes, Founder and Director of CALTA21, which stands for Cultures and Literacies Through Art for the 21stCentury. “I think that one of the things that we need to do as women is trust our voice, develop and strengthen it. Then practice it in public, just go and say it and see how it’s received. Also find a group of like-minded women who will support you and be sincere. Women are good at networking and building a network of trust is key.”

Dr. Carol Parker WalshCarol Parker Walsh, J.D., Ph.D., personal branding expert

Meet Dr. Carol Parker Walsh, personal branding expert, keynote speaker and author of Your Clothes Speak: Understanding and Using the Powerful Language of Your Personal Style and The Second Act: Styling You from the Inside Out. “My motto is for women to unapologetically be who they’re meant to be. So, I don’t believe in disguising what you want. I believe in boldly claiming it and going after it.”

Trudy BourgeoisTrudy Bourgeois, executive coach and keynote speaker

Meet Trudy Bourgeois, CEO of The Center for Workforce Excellence, a consulting firm whose vision is to create a business world where every person can be embraced, accepted, and valued for their diversity. “I think communication is the pathway to connectivity. It’s through connections that leaders are able to unleash talent and foster environments where people can perform at higher levels and drive innovation. Nothing happens without a conversation.”

Carolyn BerkowitzCarolyn Berkowitz, corporate social responsibility expert

Meet Carolyn Berkowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP). “Communication is one of the most important skills in business, certainly in corporate social responsibility. Relating to people, meeting them where they are and having authentic conversations is key. You’ve got to be able to appeal to the hearts and minds of your audience in order to make change.”

Sarah ChaplinSarah Chaplin, President and CEO at State Theatre New Jersey

Meet Sarah K. Chaplin, President and CEO at State Theatre New Jersey. “As a woman, I don’t approach a problem a same way a male in the same position would and I can’t pretend that I ever will. I have a different experience and there is strength in that experience. My way is not wrong and me accepting that my way is not wrong helps other people know that it’s not wrong. If I trust myself then others will trust me.”

Diane GayeskiDiane Gayeski, communications thought leader

Meet Diane Gayeski, Ph.D. and Dean at Ithaca College Park School of Communications. “I tend to look at challenges and problems as opportunities. I think working in higher education, where I am surrounded by really talented young people who are finding themselves places me in an optimistic environment. Students have the space and the time to explore their talents and passions and we help them discover that and build their futures.”

Helen IrvingHelen Irving, President and CEO at LiveOnNY

Meet Helen Irving, President and CEO at LiveOnNY. “I’ve learned in the last eight years that how you show up to work and how you show up for yourself is very key to your leadership style. It’s old-fashioned to say, but you have to practice what you preach! I tell my team that working in this organization, the minute you accept a job here, you’ve lost the right to a bad day. The day-to-day minutia quite honestly goes away when you work here.”

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