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James Chavez WEDN Amazing Women Of Influence

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Presentation give at WEDN 2018 in Charlotte, NC. James Chavez WEDN Amazing Women Of Influence

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James Chavez WEDN Amazing Women Of Influence

  1. 1. Amazing Women (and One Man) of Influence and the Lessons I Learned
  2. 2. Marianne Virgili CEO to CEO Advice • You can be fulfilled where you are and where you serve IF you can continuously improve/reinvent the organization. • Learn how to read and understand financial statements. • Know where the money is coming from and where it is going. Professional Development • Make your professional development a priority…at your own expense if necessary – it WILL pay off. • Be a mentor to someone else who is new in the profession. • Pay it Forward!!
  3. 3. Brenda Robbins Economic Development 101 • Do the simple stuff really, really well • Fill out the RFI completely • Submit RFI’s on time • Return phone calls and emails by close of business • Before you negotiate away your incentives or throw anything on the table, understand what is driving the company’s decision. • During each visit, thoroughly understand the objectives of that particular visit…then, have ONLY the people in the room that will help you satisfy the company’s objectives. Networking & Relationship Building • Master the art of relationship building – People prefer to business with people they trust and enjoy. • Be a presence • Walk the halls of Commerce, utilities and other allies who have influence on project submissions. • Never miss an opportunity to call on brokers and site selectors in other markets. • Be present – In conversations, there are few greater gifts than the gift of being in the moment. • Know the difference between friendships and work relationships.
  4. 4. Casey Steinbacher Professional Lessons • Take a leadership role, if not the lead role, in fostering a sense of place. • Be the lead person in shaping your community brand. • When your time to serve has ended, keep giving back. • Live where you serve…and I do mean LIVE! Personal/Life Lessons • Be Yourself!!
  5. 5. Casey Steinbacher Professional Lessons • Take a leadership role, if not the lead role, in fostering a sense of place. • Be the lead person in shaping your community brand. • When your time to serve has ended, keep giving back. • Live where you serve…and I do mean LIVE! Personal/Life Lessons • Be Yourself!! • Know who you are on the deepest level and be comfortable in your own skin. “I live in what these pictures represent. I am either living with frenetic thoughts that excite or scare me. Or I live in total bliss that calms me.” Casey Steinbacher
  6. 6. Jan Guerry Professional • Everyone on your team has the potential to be an amazing contributor. • People support what they help create…bringing her to the table from the very beginning and having her voice in the room during every meeting helped us develop a better strategy. • Be your #1 advocate in every facet of your life, especially in the workplace: • Be willing to tell your leadership or boss, “I am capable of and want to do more for the organization than what I am doing right now.” • If you have a case to make for your personal advancement and compensation – do your homework, prepare your ask and sit down with the boss. Living • Work to live NOT live to work! • Travel every chance you get – use your vacation time! • Be a traveler NOT a tourist!
  7. 7. Pastor Jimmy Terry Professional • In times of trial or trouble don't stray from your path, stay focused on doing those things that made you successful in the first place. • Quit trying to fix THEM!! Instead, fix YOU! • Be humble…be grateful! • TRUST that HE has a plan for YOU! Personal • SELFISHLY take at least 30 minutes everyday to do something just for you. • Feed your spirit • Take care of yourself before you attempt to take care of others “I will never forget about a year after being elected county mayor he called me on my cell phone one morning and said, “‘How you doing my son?’ I told him I was good and he then went on to ask me where I was. I told him I was in my office. Pastor Terry said, ‘I want you to get down on your knees right now and we are going to pray’ and then he took the time to love and pray with me.” Mayor Jim Durrett
  8. 8. Stevie…my bride “An amazing note is that every person, every woman has a story. Some may not be so foundation-rocking, but every woman has a story. By looking at me, or any one of the women you are discussing today, one might assume that life has handed us nothing but blessings. On the contrary. While our blessings abound, we’ve had to make a lot of lemon aid out of life’s lemons. My situation then (or prior), didn’t define me. It helped shape who I was to become. But it was just one page of my story.” “He left a note on the table telling me he was leaving. I was all alone with two little girls. I wasn’t working. I had many days when I had to scrape together change to feed the kids. I wasn’t going to let life circumstances make me a victim. I decided I was going to take back control of my outcome. I remember looking at the fence out back and thinking it had good bones, the foundations for fence posts were strong, the fence just needed replacing. In a pouring down rain, I put up 106 fence boards and began the process of starting over.”
  9. 9. Stevie…my bride Professional • There is nothing that is impossible! • Starting over can reveal itself in the most unlikely places, be open to it. • Sometimes you have to fix the stuff that needs fixing…even if it means you are going to get a little dirty. • Draw out the best in others and their reaction to you by making everybody feel like somebody. • Finish well…always. • “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” doesn’t count. “He left a note on the table telling me he was leaving. I was all alone with two little girls. I wasn’t working. I had many days when I had to scrape together change to feed the kids. I wasn’t going to let life circumstances make me a victim. I decided I was going to take back control of my outcome. I remember looking at the fence out back and thinking it had good bones, the foundation for fence posts was strong, the fence just needed replacing. In a pouring down rain, I put up 106 fence boards and began the process of starting over.”
  10. 10. Stevie…my bride Parenting • Be the best example of what you want others to be…especially your children. • Be honest always • Own your mistakes • Parents of Teenagers- Your kids will come back! • Be consistent Personal Growth • Be willing to peel back the layers of your own onion • Be willing to have hard conversations • Be the partner that you want your partner to be. • Know your partners love language • Hint – Her love languages are “words of affirmation” and “quality time” • Express gratitude genuinely and freely. “He left a note on the table telling me he was leaving. I was all alone with two little girls. I wasn’t working. I had many days when I had to scrape together change to feed the kids. I wasn’t going to let life circumstances make me a victim. I decided I was going to take back control of my outcome. I remember looking at the fence out back and thinking it had good bones, the foundation for fence posts was strong, the fence just needed replacing. In a pouring down rain, I put up 106 fence boards and began the process of starting over.”

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