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Last week I attended the 9th Annual Women in Leadership event, “Impacting Change,” where I had the opportunity to listen to five Valley women leaders speak. It is difficult to articulate the amount of valuable information I gained from each of the speakers, but I thought I would share my main takeaways from the event.


Sandy Gibson, executive vice president, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona - Figure out what you are good at and do it- because it is probably what you like to do anyway!

  • Play to your strengths! Be an outlier and spend that 10,000 hours doing what you like!


Laura Etter, chief of staff for Vice Mayor Bill Gates, City of Phoenix - You should always trust your gut feeling. If you are working someplace and you have an instinct that you need to leave, then you should trust that feeling.

  • If you are not doing what you love every day you should take the time to find what you love. Easier said than done- but don’t you want to get up every day and do something that you love?


Colleen McManus- chief human resources officer, Arizona Department of Corrections- Allow yourself the ability not to be perfect at everything all the time.

  • Interestingly enough I was actually told this just a few weeks ago and it is probably the number- one thing that really hit home for me.  It doesn’t have to be perfect- it just has to be right.


Heidi Jannenga, chief operating officer, WebPT- The word entrepreneur has a different meaning to everyone and it does not have to have a negative connotation.

  • I have a number of friends who are entrepreneurs that have taken the “plunge,” quit their corporate jobs (with benefits and security) and now are doing their own thing. And I don’t think they have ever been as happy.  They are playing to their strengths, they trusted their gut feelings and love what they do!


I really do enjoy my job and coming to work every day. Each day is different and interesting and engaging.

Do you have any other helpful tips or pieces of advice to share?

Rachel Brockway
Rachel Brockway
Senior Account Executive Rachel is a native Arizonian, who enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing tennis, reading and social media. She’s a busy mom and is passing the idea of volunteerism onto her son. Check out Rachel's Full Bio

1 Comment

  1. Scott Hanson says:

    Work-life balance.

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