Boston Voyager, August 27, 2018 — Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Majewski.
Carrie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In the fall of 2015, I moved to Rhode Island to pursue a new career opportunity. I had just accepted my dream job, Director of Marketing for an IT services firm that “got it.” Though the organization was incredibly successful on paper—more than 250 employees, $150 million in revenue, an Inc. and CRN fastest growing company—the company was equally successful at establishing a winning culture centered upon innovative, inclusive leadership principles.
For the first time in my career, I felt challenged—not just to become better at the art of marketing, but to become a better leader. In this role, I was surrounded by extraordinary individuals who thought differently. They welcomed exploratory dialogue; they believed in sharing, not just setting, vision; they were convicted to arrive at the best possible outcome, celebrating the healthy spirit of ideation. A spark ignited in me. Suddenly, I didn’t want to just be a compelling marketer and effective leader. I wanted to reach a heightened level of leadership.
So, I set out on my journey to become a stronger leader. First, I sought out local women who held various leadership roles—from CEOs to solopreneurs to Directors—to ask them about their own journeys. We would meet for coffee, trade tales and uncover commonality, no matter our line of work or years of experience. We quickly realized that our challenges and opportunities were all the same shape and size, just with slightly different textures. Specifically, we would talk about how:
- We desire to grab more. We dream of becoming our own business owners, proposing jobs that don’t yet exist, changing careers in the second act, learning something new. But sometimes we are unsure of where to start.
- At times, we feel we don’t exude true leadership presence even though we know deep down we are masterful leaders.
- We believe the workplace of tomorrow needs to look fundamentally different, made up of a dynamic type of leader who promotes a different set of ideals
In addition to meeting with powerhouse women, I also invested personally in my journey—reading a number of books, listening to podcasts and attending workshops.
In the fall of 2016, I brought together more than 20 women, many of whom had been featured in the blog series. Sitting there that morning—the room abuzz with energy, inspiration and activation—I knew that something special was happening. These women were alive. They were sharing. They were dreaming. Without realizing it, they were forming into a coalition of change champions ready to spring to action.
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