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Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn

Women Taking the Lead is a podcast containing interviews with women who have achieved success and men who help women develop their leadership; topical episodes giving insights and how-to's in the areas of leadership and personal and professional development, as well as "on-air" coaching episodes. The aim of Women Taking the Lead is to inspire you to overcome self-doubt so you can follow your true calling, earn the money you deserve, create more time for fun on your journey, develop relationships that support you, and to silence your inner critic, and make working on your mindset for success a top priority.
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Nov 8, 2015

Laurie Lachance was named President of Thomas College in 2012. She is the first woman and to lead the College in its 120 year history. Before coming to Thomas, Laurie served as the Maine State Economist and is an author and speaker on the economy, leadership and education. Laurie holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Thomas College. 

 

Playing Small Moment

As a female in a predominantly male field, and a predominantly male college, Laurie was used to being the only female. She was always questioning herself, wondering if she could really do it. Once Laurie was working for the college, she still found herself questioning her actions. Until the board asked her why she couldn’t just do it, why she was playing small.

The Wake Up Call

When Laurie was working for the power plant, she encountered someone who questioned her self worth and her actions. This caused her to have a lot of self-doubt and it started to affect her work. In order to regain the balance in her life, Laurie found that she had to pull back get more in tune with her life.

Style of Leadership

Laurie’s leadership style is collaborative. She really likes to get the insights of the people around her to come up with the best solution. It may look like it’s a sign of weakness to others, but it’s not. Laurie believes in getting the best ideas out on the table so you can move forward in the best direction.

What Are You Excited About?

Laurie is excited about her new Center for Innovation in Education. This new program will add teaching and learning in a proficiency level instead of age based learning and it will integrate technology into learning. This new center will also integrate the arts into curriculum, taking the country from STEM to STEAM. Laurie is hoping to transform how teachers teach in the future.

Leadership Practice

Laurie starts each day with inspirational message and ends each day writing 5 things in her gratitude journal.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Art of Possibility, by Rosamund Stone Zander

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Possibility-Transforming-Professional/dp/0142001104

Live Your Dash, Linda Ellis

http://www.amazon.com/Live-Your-Dash-Moment-Matter/dp/1454912227/

Thrive, Arianna Huffington

http://www.amazon.com/Thrive-Redefining-Success-Creating-Well-Being/dp/0804140863

What Would You Change?

Laurie would tell her younger self to focus on balance a lot earlier in life; try not to sweat it, don’t throw yourself into your work fully until you hit the wall. It’s a lot harder to come back from the wall.

Inspirational Quote

“Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into a person who can.” - Unknown

Interview Links

www.thomas.edu 

president@thomas.edu

 

Social media: 

@Thomas_Top_Dog

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/laurie-lachance/55/526/565 

Facebook.com/ThomasCollege 

https://www.youtube.com/user/thomasadmissions

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