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Member Spotlight

We stole a few minutes with several of our members to get their thoughts on everything from the number one business change they wish to see in the world to how Nexus has accelerated their leadership journey. Get to know some of our leading Nexus ladies below!

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Susan Greenhalgh

What’s the No. 1 change you wish to see in the business world and why?

I’d like to see more meaningful communication and mentoring across disciplines in the business environment. Manager meetings where reports are given are not enough. I envision a more personal, in-depth show and tell type of interaction in addition to the usual reporting. This would break down some of the silos that exist in many organizations and result in a better understanding of colleagues’ challenges and achievements. Ultimately, a stronger and truly supportive ecosystem would be possible.


Sue Gomes

What is one way your Nexus journey has positively impacted you?

One way in which my Nexus journey has positively impacted me was in a recent job interview. During the interview, I referenced a StrengthsFinder training I had received through joining Nexus. My interviewer had also completed it. We compared results and formed a great connection. This made me feel more comfortable and confident and improved my interview experience. I'm happy to say that I got the job!


Erica Davies

How do you define next-gen leadership?

Next-gen leadership is not about a title or years of experience but about being collaborative and supportive around a shared vision, while being authentic, caring and purpose-driven with a sprinkle with a fun. Next-gen leadership is also about continuing to recognize areas of personal and professional growth within yourself and being enthusiastic to grow beyond your wildest dreams. It is my belief that when you are willing to look inward and allow yourself to grow, you are setting the ultimate example to our children to have the confidence to reach for the stars, but also show all others around you that you are strong, brave and ready to lead today, tomorrow and in the future.


Maeve Donohue

Describe a defining moment that evolved your thoughts on modern-day leadership.

For a lot of people, they chase the title and that’s all that matters to them. And then when they get there, they are not happy but they stay anyway. Over the past couple of years, I’ve gotten good at understanding what I don’t want to do. For me, It’s about understanding when I don’t want to continue on a path. It’s about maintaining the agility to switch to a different path that moves me toward something I do want to keep doing. Getting to a point where I have that understanding of myself has been a great milestone for me.


Patrice Jean-Philippe

What is one way your Nexus journey has positively impacted you?

Natural born leaders always evaluate where they are, how can they be better and how do they get there. It’s a passion deep inside of them. But if you are not in the right environment, it’s hard for that passion to grow. The seed cannot grow by itself. It needs fertile soil and the right amount of water and sunlight. The Women in Leadership Nexus is the environment that allows natural-born leaders to grow. It’s the fertile ground a leader needs to thrive.


Courtney Fanning

How do you define next-gen leadership?

A next-gen leader looks at the big picture and prioritizes empowering their organization to grow. To grow with their market or the needs of their employees and to grow out of harmful traditional mindsets, inauthentic communications, and unproductive practices. It's not doing more, it's being better.


Jeannie Lapierre

What is the No. 1 change you wish to see in the business world?

There is a great need for the C-suite to grow in representation of women in leadership. I find it disturbing that a mere 24 women represent the Fortune 500 companies as CEOs, of which only one is Latina and joined these ranks in 2017 as the first Latina Fortune 500 CEO. Additionally, a recent article on Entrepreneur stated that the four industries women continue to dominate in as leaders are Health, Education, Recruitment and Customer service. I would love to see women dominate in fields such as science, technology, engineering and business.


Sue Gardiner

What is one way your Nexus journey has positively impacted you?

The Women in Leadership Nexus has given me more confidence in myself, both professional and personal, than I’ve ever had. The women who join this organization give so much of themselves to each other by sharing ideas and encouraging each other’s goals, because collectively, we know this helps us all achieve more. We believe in each other! As possibility expands and my career grows, Nexus is, and will continue to be, the most significant and meaningful part of my journey.

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Carole Ann Penney

Describe a defining moment that evolved your thoughts on modern-day leadership.

A few years ago, I attended a presentation on the state of nonprofit leadership in New England that was sobering. The study found that the nonprofit sector is at a key moment in time. We are on the brink of experiencing the biggest ever generational shift in leadership as boomers retire. What's more, the positions held by these leaders are by and large unattractive to the next generation of leadership. The findings resonated with me because while my career has focused on nonprofit leadership, I would not want to be an Executive Director—the leaders I've seen seem to live a lifestyle of stress and sacrifice.

My takeaways were twofold: we need to prepare the next generation of leaders who are ready to effectively address the challenges facing our communities; and we need to modernize how we structure leadership positions to make them more relevant to the needs of organizations and the needs of rising leaders. This sparked a new chapter of my career—starting my own business as a Strategic Career Coach for mission-driven leaders and a nonprofit consultant with Fio Partners.