Penney Leadership 2018 Annual Report

Penney Leadership 2018 Annual Report

Last week marked one year since Penney Leadership went live! Many of you have asked about my transition into entrepreneurship and what it's been like to own my own business. Today I'm pulling back the curtain to look behind-the-scenes.

The last year has completely exceeded my expectations—it's been so fun, meaningful, and exciting. I've gotten to build a life and a business around my personal mission, values, natural strengths, and the kind of success that I find most meaningful.

Someone asked me this morning about the most surprising thing about my experience thus far. This is it…

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The Heart of Mentorship

The Heart of Mentorship

Here is a photo of my amazing mentee, Miriam. We were connected through a formal mentoring program at Brown University called Women's Launch Pad; it pairs female juniors and seniors with Brown alumni women to support the transition to life after college. (Oh how I wish I had the program when I was a senior!) 

When Miriam first reached out to me, she wrote me one of the most professional emails I'd ever received in my life. It was my first time in a formal role as mentor. It was her first time building a professional relationship with someone who wasn't a professor. We were both a little intimidated by each other.

It's been four years since then, and she's moved through a few steps in her career already. Through all of that, we've kept in touch—sharing updates and questions as we find ourselves at crossroads again and again. 

Last week, we were invited back to our alma mater for the kickoff panel for this year's program; we got to reflect on our time together and share our tips for making the most of a mentoring relationship.

Here are some of our favorites…

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5 Tips to Actually Implement Conference Insights

5 Tips to Actually Implement Conference Insights

Bring on the lanyards and name tags! This is my marathon week: I'm attending three conferences in seven days, with three different speaking opportunities. By Saturday, this introvert is going to be hiding under a blanket in the fetal position.

When I think about attending conferences, I think about this conundrum: You're feeling inspired! You have tons of pages of notes! You have so many ideas about what you'll do differently at work as a result! And....you arrive back to your desk, which is buried in paperwork, emails, and tasks that piled up while you were away. Implementing conference ideas is always the hardest.

Here are 5 tips to actually implement conference insights…

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