When I was a young aspiring leader at IBM, I was fortunate to have been mentored in the distance by Frances Hesselbein, who at the time was the CEO for the Girl Scouts of America. I had seen her in a classic film by Warren Bennis called THE LEADER WITHIN. At the time, there weren't a lot of women in leadership roles to emulate. We were just making our way.
What I remember about seeing her in this film in one of my early Management Development classes at IBM was that she was so human in her way of engaging people and interacting. She also seemed to have a classic beauty about how she walked in the world. She saw herself as a leader first...a leader that happened to BE a woman.
Fast forward 15+ years ...and a day came when a customer invited me to call Frances to ask her for her help on an executive event being held at Hewlett Packard at a woman's gathering of 2800 women. She immediately took my phone call and her response to my inquiry for her help has stayed forever in my memory: "Debbe, she said, "Let me make a few phones calls. I think we are going to do something wonderful!!!" ...and wonderful it was!
Frances Hesselbein is today a legendary leader extraordinaire and recipient of the Presidential Medal of freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States of America for her pioneering work, including advancing women, diversity, and voluteerism.
Would you like to meet her and
talk with her person to person?
Fast forward again to the present... After many years of rewarding friendship and partnership, the Gift we have been given is to meet up to work together online in partnership through our organizations, Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the Global Dialogue Center. This year, Frances is joining me for three distinctively different webinars for leaders at every level, whether you are aspiring, new to leadership, or working to renew yourself for this new time.
If you have registered already, know we are thrilled you will be with us!
Hope you can be with us! I look forward to introducing you to Frances and sharing the time with you.
Founder, Global Dialogue Center
Home of Women in the Lead
author, Putting Our Differences to Work
The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership,
and High Performance (Berrett-Koehler)
**2010 Axiom Business Book Award Winner **