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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Laurie Reed
Partner & Managing Director, Retirement Plans Division
Lebel & Harriman

What advice would you offer women entering a traditionally male-dominated industry?

“I was very fortunate to start my career by joining forces with two great men, who welcomed me and my ideas on day one. I was even more fortunate to build my career with the support and camaraderie of three amazing women, who dedicated themselves to elevating each other and our team at every possible opportunity. The importance of building a dynamic and supportive team cannot be overstated. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Overall, my advice is: be empathetic, compassionate, collaborative – these are strengths, not weaknesses. Ours is a relationship business and while individuals want to partner with teams that are highly skilled and knowledgeable, they also want to work with professionals who connect with them (or their employees) on a personal level.”

Catherine Lamson
Senior VP and Chief Administrative Officer
The MEMIC Group

How do you model strong leadership?

“I model leadership with integrity, and in way that mentors my team while giving them opportunities to learn, practice and demonstrate their talents. Communication is key. Whenever possible, I explain processes, the background on those processes, and why I choose one form of action over another. I hold myself to the same high standards that I set for my team, and I bring them with me to meetings and events to demonstrate how I handle situations. These opportunities build confidence and skills, and sometimes we all learn together. I let my team lead whenever possible, and I make sure they know that I am their biggest supporter!”

Joanne Crepeau
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Maine

How do you model strong leadership?

“Years ago, I learned about servant leadership as a management style rooted in sharing power, putting needs of employees first and developing people to perform as highly as possible to build better organizations and create a more just and caring world. This style appeals to my sense of fairness and desire for collaboration in the workplace. Servant leaders can make the hard choices but we work to enhance the lives of others around us. I constantly work on these skills: listening, empathy, mentoring, awareness, foresight, stewardship, commitment to growth of people, and building community. Servant leadership underpins my passion for my work and motivates me to inspire others to reach their potential.”