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

Jill McGowan
Owner
Jill McGowan

What is the most valuable business lesson you have learned?

“I have learned through my 25 years in business, and earlier on from my enterprising parents, that it takes healthy doses of hubris and humility to start up a company and build a brand. The hubris carries you forward when it seems like there’s no hope or prospect for growth – when the banks and investors turn you down, when a recession hits and when things simply look grim and hopeless. Humility carries you through the best days and serves as a reminder to savor those days, and it certainly helps with all my relationships with loved ones and co-workers.”

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Julia Brady
Partner
Valo Ventures

What is the most valuable business lesson you have learned?

“Believing in the art of serendipity is one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in my career. Some people define serendipity as luck, but my experiences have taught me that it’s actually something you proactively cultivate by putting yourself out there, taking calculated risks, inserting yourself into the right situations and being open to receiving what comes your way. Most successful people I know didn’t design a grand plan when they started out – they simply joined a series of growing organizations and threw themselves into their roles at each one with an abundance of enthusiasm.”

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Deqa Dhalac
Intercultural Program Manager
Center for Grieving Children

How do you model strong leadership?

“As a black, immigrant, Muslim woman, I am blessed to have achieved so many goals in this country that I could never have dreamed of achieving. I have always wanted to be a force for positive change in my community, and to use my voice to advocate for those changes my fellow community members wish to see.

I believe we need to come together to lift up women and girls of color — whose voices are often left out — until we see that women from all backgrounds are equally represented in education, government, the workplace, and everywhere in between.

As a human being operating at my highest and best, I practice compassion, spirituality and joy. I trust my inner voice to guide me toward a clear path of acceptance and equality for all.”

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