Lessons Learned From Female Role Models

Do you have female influencers guiding you?

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Ellen Adair Wyche, strategic development consultant for Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, discusses how crucial it is to have female influencers guiding you along your leadership journey.

“I firmly believe that because of technology, because of global innovation, that we are at an incredible inflection point where wisdom trumps age, experience trumps position and as women seek to reinvent themselves, I think that we are in a position to be even more influential and encouraging to those around us,” says Ellen Adair.

Watch the video to hear how the influential women in Ellen Adair’s life led her to where she is today and what they taught her along the way.

I have been so blessed in my life to have role models that have come to me at different ages, at different stages and at different moments of openness for me. I came from two very different strains but also both very creative women in my life. I also was influenced by having a mother who decided that she was not going to be hands on in terms of being a creative individual and so what I decided to do was to be the creative individual in our family and that gave me the freedom to experiment and to risk without the fear of being compared. And what happened was I gained tremendous encouragement and freedom to experiment, which was a huge lesson as I looked around and came of age and had my own family and also brought younger women into my own business.

The ability for me not to have to tell them everything to do, not to have to be the be-all, end-all in terms of the arbiter of how things get done, but to step back and to be an encourager.

In my professional life I've had the good fortune in the last decade of getting to know two really remarkable women that have had a huge influence in our world today. One is Melanne Verveer, who was appointed as the very first U.S. ambassador on Global Women's Issues. Melanne is an incredibly strategic, forward thinking and risk taking individual.

The second person that I really admire and that I think has done a tremendous amount to encourage women professionally is Pat Mitchell. Pat Mitchell is a native of Georgia, she came to the media world and became an executive very early on with CNN. She was a pioneer and a pathfinder for other women coming along behind her.

One of the most important lessons that I've learned from the likes of Melanie and Pat Mitchell and others, is never stop learning, never stop taking a risk. Do not think that where you are because of your age or your stage is where you need to stay. I firmly believe that because of technology, because of global innovation, that we are at an incredible inflection point where wisdom trumps age, experience trumps position and as women seek to reinvent themselves, I think that we are in a position to be even more influential and encouraging to those around us.

So my my biggest learning is to never stop learning.
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Ellen Adair Wyche

Ellen Adair Wyche is a seasoned professional with a history of success working with business owners and corporate leaders to develop strategies and programs that deliver bottom line results in highly competitive markets. Her expertis...

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