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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Celine Kuhn
Executive Director
The Telling Room

How do you model strong leadership?

“I work hard to set up a collaborative environment where everyone’s ideas, regardless of the person’s status or identity, are considered on their merits. I foster courage, compassion, and curiosity. I own my mistakes and think that gathering feedback is a key part of any process. I believe we connect through the power of story and every day I’m humbled by how much I am still learning. I understand the principal asset of The Telling Room is the staff – and that the work we do in the community is only possible with the right people in place supporting each other.”

Hope Pollard
Associated Builders & Contractors Maine

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

1. Be authentic and genuine. Be yourself. Every person brings a unique value and skill to the team.
2. We all have the gift of choice. Choose wisely; choose to be positive.
3. Help those around you to be successful. We all aspire to be effective and to win, and if you help others, they will help you.
4. Realize that you are the creator of your career and success. It all starts with you.
5. Lastly, some great advice I choose to live by is: create a personal board of directors, or a circle of people, that will help you succeed — both personally and professionally. They will be there to offer feedback, assistance in major and minor decision making, career pathway development, and so much more.

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.”