She's Brilliant

Introducing She’s Brilliant!™

Inspiration and Guidance from Women Leaders in Maine

As the proud owner of a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, I’m a huge champion of women achieving success in business, and I’m always looking for opportunities to mentor the next generation of women leaders. With this in mind, I wanted to create a collection of wisdom from women business leaders that would inspire, motivate and guide us all, and this blog is the result of that idea.

Over the coming months I hope you find the words shared in our She’s Brilliant!™ blog to be as moving as I do. We have all witnessed the remarkable power of women; it’s my experience that we’re at our best when we come together and share our gifts with one another. Enjoy.

Kim Anania
President and CEO,
KMA Human Resources Consulting

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Mary Larkin
President
Diversified Communications

What have you learned about the responsibilities of leadership in a time of crisis?

“Covid-19 has really driven home the importance of leading with purpose. For me, the most important thing was to accept the situation as it was unfolding and to adapt as quickly as possible. It has been valuable for the leadership team to be visible to employees, to be transparent and clear with decisions that are aligned with our company values and business goals, as well as providing a forum for employees to voice their questions. Making decisions that are well thought out, yet timely, has been crucial in helping our customers manage their own marketing investments.”

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Joanna Caouette
Program Coordinator
PosperityME: The Center for Financial Education

What are your top strategies for success?

As a Black immigrant woman, I have to work twice as hard to be successful. I cannot afford to wait for opportunities; I have to go after them and be persistent. Here are my top strategies:

  • When it comes to my professional growth, I’ve replaced all the ifs by whens.
  • By improving myself instead of proving myself, I let my work speak for me.
  • It’s OK to ‘reinvent the wheel’ if that means innovation that will improve processes and impact.
  • I’ve learned to be more like water: flexible and adaptable, but forceful when necessary.
  • Always negotiate your salary.
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Hannah Pingree
Director
Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

What do you consider to be a leader’s greatest strength?

“I think the most effective leaders have the same essential qualities of confidence, passion and a strength of belief in what they’re trying to accomplish. My style of leadership revolves around relationships — understanding the people and the personalities I’m working with, and making sure everyone feels involved and included. I’ve learned that knowing what motivates my team and approaching my role with empathy and understanding is what makes good things happen.”

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