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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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.”

Alison Pray
Standard Baking Co.

What is the most valuable business lesson you have learned?

“As a business owner, the most important lesson I’ve learned is the power of the relationships all around you. You can’t do everything on your own. You might have a great idea, or you might have a particular passion, but you need to be able to communicate those things well to your team, and encourage their input and ideas as a way of helping them to grow. It’s all about building relationships – with the people who work for you and with you. Being a supporter or cheerleader of their success is how you build a strong team.”

Carolyn Bird
Casco Bay Engineering

How do you model strong leadership?

“Strong leadership is having the confidence to make on-the-spot decisions – whether it’s meeting with a client during the design phase of a project, or visiting a construction site where ideas become reality. I know that I can always rely on my analytical background, skillsets, and the collaborative relationships on which I’ve built my business in order to solve complex engineering challenges. But equally important is tuning in when instinct tells me something isn’t right, and working to resolve a particular challenge by changing course. With structural engineering, the stakes are high, so I stay true to myself and confident in what all my years of experience have taught me.”