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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Sokunthy Yean
Vice President of Operations
Sea Bags

What do you love most about the work you are doing today?

“What I love about being the VP of Operations for Sea Bags is that no two days are alike. I made the decision early in my career at Sea Bags to switch from finance to operations, where I have a direct impact on the growth of the company and our team. Whether I am planning production, negotiating with vendors, or coaching my team, I get to work with every department of this company. When I arrive at our manufacturing facility on the scenic waterfront, I feel fortunate to be part of a company where I can consider my colleagues as my family. The days go fast and we are all proud of the sails we save, and the products we design, make and sell.”

Dottie Chalmers Cutter
VP Operations
Chalmers Insurance

What do you love most about the work you are doing today?

“I absolutely love coaching, mentoring, developing, and leading my team of about 90 co-workers. I am very fortunate to have gone through extensive leadership training through the use of an Executive Coach. I find it extremely rewarding when I can utilize the coaching leadership tools I have been given, coach existing members of my management team on how to utilize the tools, as well as teach future emerging leaders of the company. When a co-worker thanks me for helping them grow and develop professionally, I know I’m doing my job well, and that makes the work I do pure joy.”

Kate Snyder
City of Portland

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

“Leadership in a crisis is about communicating honestly, consistently and effectively, while also doing what needs to be done to the best of your ability to help take care of your community. Listening, caring, and doing my best to stay calm in situations that are anything but calm is what I remind myself to do every day. People are legitimately anxious and upset these days, and leadership needs to be the voice of assurance as we manage our way through this, making clear that decision-making is grounded in facts and data while being responsive to community needs. My goal is to communicate information and guidance people need, share how we’re navigating the various challenges and decision making, and instill confidence that we’re taking care of our citizens in the best way we possibly can.”