Women's Economic Development Council

WEDC President's Blog April 2016

15 Apr 2016 4:56 AM | Lane Fabby

What a great joint WEDC/WID Truth #3 leadership training series meeting, Values Drive Commitment! It was a perfect combination of learning and fun, and the energy in the room was contagious.  We learned from the third chapter of The Truth About Leadership that you have to understand who you are, where you come from, where you’re going, and the values that drive you.  People want to know what you stand for and believe in – what you value and what you’re like as a person (character).  In our book we are reminded that “Leaders need to know what others value if they are going to be able to forge alignments between personal values and organizational demands.”

Our Meeting: We kicked off the meeting with a brief description of who we are and what we do.  Ms. Corby Dellarocco, President of WID, did the same so we could learn about the synergy of the two organizations. Ms. Leah Hess then conducted the Reflection about friendship, support, and lifting each other up.  And as a special treat, Ms. Dawn Pumpelly (Chair of Women Honoring Women) and Ms. Beth Brooks (Executive Director of the WEDC Foundation) entertained us with a skit from the movie, Thelma & Louise.  This was a great way to encourage folks to come out for next month’s WEDC meeting and participate in the Woody Anderson Drive to raise money for the Foundation scholars.   

Our speaker, Ms. Patti Martin, explained the correlation between leadership and values.  She shared the Army Leadership Model (BE – Values; KNOW – Skills; & DO – Actions).  Your ultimate success in life and in business depends on how well you know yourself, what you value, and why you value it.  The better you know who you are, what you believe in, the better you are at making sense of daily demands.  Patti discussed the importance of the alignment between personal values and organizational values and gave us a homework assignment surrounding this topic so we can ensure we are living our values in every aspect of our lives.  Patti’s impactful presentation ended with a standing ovation!

Final thoughts are that if you want to have followers, you must be known as someone who stands by principles.  Values represent the core of who you are – your moral judgments, the people you trust, the appeals you respond to, and the way you invest your time and energy.  Clarity of values gives you the confidence to take the right turns, to make the tough decisions, to act with determination, and take charge of your life.  It’s time we take charge of our destiny!

Know Anyone Who Wants to Be a Member?:  To review the 2016 membership criteria, please visit our website at http://wedchsv.org/want-to-be-a-member. Please let others know that membership is an 8 month process which begins when two current members make a joint commitment to sponsor and co-sponsor one (1) woman they know to become a member for that calendar year.  In 2016, we will only accept 20 new members. 

Our 2016 Leadership Conference: Registration for the 2016 WEDC Leadership Conference is now OPEN!  We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is nationally renowned leadership speaker and bestselling author, Jim Kouzes.   Mr. Kouzes is the co-author of various books such as “The Leadership Challenge,” “The Truth About Leadership,” and “The Leader’s Legacy.”  You can find all the info you need on our website at http://wedchsv.org/Leadership-Conference.  Register now to insure that you are among the first 150 registered attendees who will receive a FREE Insights Discovery Personal Profile!

Also, please consider becoming a Corporate Partner and check out the corporate partner options at Conference Corporate Partnership form 030716.pdf.   

Our Foundation’s Women Honoring Women Event: This year’s WHW event "When Perseverance Meets Passion" will be held on September 15th, 2016 at the VBC - North Hall from 5:30-8:00pm.  Due to the WEDC members’ contributions, our Foundation has received approximately $20K for the past two years…..let’s do it again AND THEN SOME!

Next Leadership Training Meeting: Looking ahead, our next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14th at the Huntsville Marriott and we will have Mr. Dennis Madsen, THEBIGPICTUREHUNTSVILLE, as our guest speaker.  Our topic for next month is Truth #4, Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart.  We will also highlight our Milestones and future leaders of WEDC.  I want to encourage everyone to bring a guest.  After the meeting, we can go next door to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and drive a Ford in order to raise money that will be used to assist ladies who aren’t as fortunate as us and need a helping hand.

I look forward to providing education, mentoring, andnetworking opportunities for one another throughout the rest of the year!  Thank you to our Program Coordinator, our Board, our Committee Chairs/Co-chairs, and ALL Members for your commitment, engagement, and dedication to this amazing organization!

All the best,

Lane Fabby

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