How do you define leadership?
To me, the best leaders are authentic, direct, and allow their people to be personally accountable in their roles. I admire the qualities in the new leaders of today who choose to create their own opportunities and divert from more traditional career paths.
What advice do you have for women starting out in their careers?
I think it’s important for women to put their full drive behind their role in an organization no matter where they begin. Put in the effort and then seek out feedback to allow your work and your personal brand to grow and improve.
It is so important to never stop expanding your network within and outside of the workplace. Having a network of peers and mentors who support you, challenge and inspire you provides a diverse pool to motivate you and to help you develop as both a person and a professional.
How has mentorship helped you grow throughout your career?
I have had a number of mentors throughout my career who have made an impact and contributed to my success. I have been fortunate to work directly with senior leaders early on who were mature and confident enough to allow me to contribute and thrive by owning my role. It was mentorship through osmosis and empowered me to take charge.
What makes Shaw a great place to work and find mentors?
Shaw really is one big extended family culturally which sets it apart from anywhere else I have worked. The Women @ Shaw program provides mentorship opportunities for both men and women, as well as development and networking opportunities within the organization.
I co-founded the program to create mentorship growth opportunities for female leaders in the organization and to ensure they receive the same chances I had to take charge of their roles and their career.