Greene Resources had the opportunity to be one of the Platinum Sponsors of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Conference on March 23, 2017. The Women’s Leadership Conference is an annual half-day event where women leaders across the Triangle gather to network and learn from other female leaders. Topics included how to build the next level of leaders, how to gain strategies for influence and negotiation, how to break down biases, and how to gain insight on risk-taking.
Featured panelists included Adrienne Cole (President of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce), Sara Glines (President and Publisher of The News & Observer Publishing Company), Barri Rafferty (President of Ketchum Worldwide), Amber Rupinta (Reporter and Anchor for ABC-11 Eyewitness News). The keynote speaker was Reshma Saujani, who discussed her non-profit organization, Girls Who Code, which works to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future.
At Greene Resources, over 50 percent of management positions in our company are held by women, several of whom attended this event. We asked them to share what they learned from the various discussions and topics and how they will implement this into their work at Greene Resources.
- Overcoming Weaknesses: One of the panelists said, “You’re allowed to not be great at everything. Acknowledge your weaknesses, but find people around you who can support you and complement your abilities and weaknesses.” As someone who strives to be perfect at everything, it was comforting to know that it’s okay to struggle sometimes and that I don’t have to do it alone.
- Recognizing Bias: It was interesting to learn how we all have biases and that they can impact how we view everyday life and our jobs. It is important to recognize bias, even subconscious or unintentional bias, so it can be addressed, rather than overlooked or ignored.
- Being Trustworthy: Something one of the speakers said that I really loved was, “It’s more important to be trusted than liked.” This resonated with me because I strive to build meaningful and trusted relationships every day, but I also want to be liked and accepted. If you want people to respect you as a knowledgeable contributor, sometimes you must provide an answer that isn’t liked but is the right decision in the end.
- Serving Others First: During a breakout session, one of the speakers shared, “We are defined as much by our small acts of kindness as we are by our great successes.” This is so important to remember, especially in our industry. The way we interact with our employees means so much and the smallest act, whether it’s providing resources to assist with personal needs or discussing an accommodation, can make such a large impact on them and their relationships with us.
- Fighting Insecurity: Stop apologizing. Stop saying things like, “this might not be a good idea, but…” If you set yourself up by saying your ideas are not good, people might believe it. Have confidence and don’t give in to self-doubt.
- Delegating Builds Your Team: You are doing a disservice to those who report to you if you don’t delegate. You should be peeling off duties from your job description and adding them to your team. This gives them an opportunity to build their skills, develop themselves as leaders, and it also helps you focus on more strategic business needs.
At Greene Resources, our vision is to connect people and companies in such a way that jobs become purposeful, impactful, and long-term careers. We are proud to sponsor events like the Women’s Leadership Conference which provide professional development to the business community of Raleigh.
If you are interested in learning more about the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce or are interested in attending events like this, please check out the Raleigh Chamber’s website. Greene Resources will be presenting sponsors for the Chamber’s upcoming Professional Women’s Luncheon on April 24, featuring the founder and CEO of The Muse, Kathryn Minshew, who will discuss The New Rules of Work.