She’s Brilliant!TM

Women in leadership sharing inspiration and guidance.

As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, we at KMA are champions of women achieving success in business, and we’re always looking for opportunities to mentor the next generation of women leaders. She’s Brilliant!™ is a collection of wisdom, generously shared by women leaders from diverse communities, and is designed to inspire, motivate and guide us all.

 

In addition to the blog, we have published these contributions in two printed collections: She’s Brilliant! Volume One, and Volume Two. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact us and we’ll pop it in the mail.

 

She’s Brilliant! Kim St. Pierre

She’s Brilliant! Kim St. Pierre

Kim St. Pierre Owner and President SetAway, LLC What was the best career advice you ever received?  "When facing the decision whether to start my own business, I was offered the excellent advice to embrace change, and enjoy the ride. That opened my mind and helped me...

She’s Brilliant! Jennifer Dionne

She’s Brilliant! Jennifer Dionne

Jennifer Dionne, President and Partner, The Signal Group  How important has mentorship been throughout your career?  “I’m fortunate to have had two wonderful mentors in my career – one came early on when I didn’t really know what I wanted to do professionally – and...

She’s Brilliant! Cathy Lee

She’s Brilliant! Cathy Lee

Cathy Lee, Owner/Founder, Lee International  How important has mentorship been in your career?  “I’ve always understood the importance of mentors and have benefitted enormously from them, but only later in my career did I find women mentors. I’ve seen men push women...

She’s Brilliant! Gia Drew

She’s Brilliant! Gia Drew

Gia Drew, Program Director, EqualityMaine  What have you learned about the responsibilities of leadership during a time of crisis? “I am an optimist. And despite living through numerous crises, tragedies, and losses in my life, those challenging experiences have...

She’s Brilliant! Mandy Levine

She’s Brilliant! Mandy Levine

Mandy Levine, Owner, Mandy Levine Consulting, LLC What was the most useful feedback you ever received?  “The best feedback I ever received was to be my authentic self, which has always served me well personally and professionally. I began my career as an attorney and...

She’s Brilliant! Shima Kabirigi

She’s Brilliant! Shima Kabirigi

Shima Kabirigi, Program Officer, Maine Initiatives What do you love most about the work you are doing today? "Supporting immigrant-led organizations that are working to advance immigrant and racial justice within their communities has been humbling, but also...

She’s Brilliant! Saunya Urban

She’s Brilliant! Saunya Urban

Saunya Urban, Vice President, H.A. Mapes What do you love most about the work you are doing today? “I am proud to be the fourth-generation of our family business, and what I’m loving is the unique moment of growth and innovation we are in right now. H.A. Mapes has...

She’s Brilliant! Jenny Kordick

She’s Brilliant! Jenny Kordick

Jenny Kordick, Executive Director, Maine Outdoor Brands What was the best career advice you ever received? “You have more power than you think. Power is ultimately the ability to change the rules. Rules could be written and formal like a law, or unwritten ways of...

She’s Brilliant! Kristin Guibord

She’s Brilliant! Kristin Guibord

Kristin Guibord, Senior Investment Manager, BerryDunn Wealth Management What was the most useful feedback you ever received? "Be less humble. This gracious and diplomatic feedback was offered to my 25 year-old self in an employee review. Today I use those words like a...

She’s Brilliant! Katy Rand

She’s Brilliant! Katy Rand

Katy Rand, Partner, Pierce Atwood LLP What are your top strategies for success? “Virtually every indicator of success—as I define it—flows from authenticity, by which I mean self-awareness as well as self-acceptance. We cannot eliminate personal qualities that might...

She’s Brilliant! Chief Janine Roberts

She’s Brilliant! Chief Janine Roberts

Janine Roberts, Chief of Police, Westbrook Police Department What are your top strategies for success? Throughout my career, I’ve tried to follow a set of principles that I believe have contributed to my success. Here are my top ten: Practice self-awareness,...

She’s Brilliant! Lindsay Skilling

She’s Brilliant! Lindsay Skilling

Lindsay Skilling, CEO, Gifford's Ice Cream What are your top strategies for success? “Trust yourself. There have been many moments where I’ve questioned what I was capable of because others have doubted me. Instead of letting those people get to me, I worked harder,...

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