There are seventy people working for YMC on a daily basis. #help!!
Translation #1: Ex-broadcaster Erica Ehm is responsible for leading 70 people to do the best work they can every day, while simultaneously engaging with potential partners to grow the YMC brand.
Translation #2: Entrepreneur Erica Ehm has traded in her career as a broadcaster to a become full-time executive problem solver.
Translation #3: YMC's Publisher Erica Ehm needs to walk the talk to ensure her business continues to grow in a manner that reflect her values.
Translation #4: I need help!
Going from self-employed broadcaster to full-time entrepreneur has forced me to learn how to be an effective leader QUICKLY! To me, leadership isn't just about getting people to do what you want; it's about giving people the power to do what they want that fits within the company's vision and values. That's how YMC has grown. I surround myself with people smarter than I and let them loose. I'm there to support them. That's my version of leadership.
I imagine if you're running a business as well, improving your leadership skills is at the top of your mind. And if you're like me, it's hard to find answers, especially from a woman's perspective. Let's face it, women haven't been socially groomed for leadership. Sheryl Sandberg's game-changing book Lean In addresses the lack of assertiveness and confidence women grapple with in the business world.
This is why I'm so excited to be attending the Art of Leadership for Women Conference on May 29th in Toronto. This day-long conference is tailor-made for women in business because it is bringing six highly acclaimed authors and thought leaders together who will hopefully inspire me (and you) to improve our skills and shift our strategies in the way we lead.
Martha Stewart is billed as the headliner of the conference. She will be discussing the importance of life long learning, work/life balance and reflect on her career trajectory.
Hailey Wickenheiser, four-time Gold medalist for Women's Olympic Hockey Team, will talk about playing with the big boys and speak to the importance of constant personal improvement and change in your life.
Katty Kay will talk about the Confidence Code. I agree with her concerns that many of us of the female persuasion aren't successful leaders because we lack confidence.
Erica Ariel Fox will provide strategies to be a better negotiator and how to take risks. I'm really looking forward to this!
Liane Davey wants us to unlearn our ladylike behaviour and embrace conflict to become better leaders.
Part of the YMC mandate is to empower and inspire women with kids to be "more than somebody's mom." Leadership definitely plays into this. Let me know if you buy a pass so we can hook up during the day since networking is a big part of the conference.
Buy passes or win passes, hopefully I'll see you on May 29th. I'll be wearing my power suit :)