SheLeads Panel: Jackie DeSouza, Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Karen Fenaroli, Angela Hurt,

Pursuing the Promise of International Women’s Day

Empirical evidence proves the value of unleashing the talent represented in half of the population – WOMEN. Imperatives for this generation of leaders and the next: Be bold. Be progressive. Lean In. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to help run the #SheLeads panel discussion held at WeWork Corrigan Station in Kansas City as part of its International …

The Most Important Decision Made: Saying “Yes”

“Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.” — Malcolm Gladwell My own decision made: This week marks an important milestone for our firm. We are proud to have opened our newest and fifth office; that’s right, we’re expanding our presence in the Midwest and excited to be an integral part of Kansas City! In the …

From Start-Up to C-Suite: 3 Critical Components of Entrepreneurial Thinking

Last fall, Uber asked me to vet 25 start-up pitches from local entrepreneurs (all women) competing with others in select cities for a chance at $150,000 in tech funding in its “Fueling the Growth” initiative called UberPITCH. I spent the better part of an afternoon in an Uber car listening to these bright CEOs give back-to-back pitches for 5 minutes …

GE Engineers More Ways for Women Execs to Get Ahead: Could You?

If you’ve watched live television in the past year, you may have seen one of the many quirky ad spots GE has run in its current branding campaigns. Apparently quirky is in. Geared toward altering the perception of this industrial giant, the commercials present GE as a more progressive company hip enough to attract top talent in engineering, tech and …

Empower & Engage: Are you ahead of the curve as a company leader?

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek At the heart of effective leadership lies the ability for an individual to connect, communicate and collaborate with others. Ultimately, it is through the formation of meaningful relationships that a true leader emerges. Yet the leaders who are ahead of the …

Making the Move: Are you future-proofing your board through diversity?

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”— Maya Angelou We’ve all heard the stories and read the articles about the importance of board diversity. Boards that are diverse make better decisions because they can better represent everyone who matters – that’s right, all stakeholders – including …