GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Women are good at getting things done, yet often find it difficult to see themselves as leaders, said Leanne Meyer, of Naridus International, a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm that focuses on helping people develop leadership skills.
Meyer will be in Grand Junction Thursday, Oct. 27, to present Strong Leaders/Strong Stories a workshop for women who want to explore and learn about what it means to see ones self as a leader.
Sponsored by the Western Colorado Community Foundation and Third Sector Innovations, the seminar will be held from 8 to 11:30 am at The Irons, at Tiara Rado Golf Course, 2057 S. Broadway.
The workshop is for women in the workplace, of any age, including those who perhaps do not have good leadership role models or find themselves lacking the passion they once had for their job, Meyer said.
We will focus on answering questions of who are you?, what are you about and what do you want? Meyer said. The problem today in the corporate environment women are happy helpers but very few see themselves as leaders.
Participants will explore the unique challenges women face in developing their careers. Meyer will talk about what it means to see and understand ones self as leader; the importance of allies, networking, and developing executive presence; and negotiating individual and organizational obstacles in the management of a career.
The name of Meyers company – Naridus – comes from three different words: Narrative, identity and us (community).
We find identity by using the process of narrative, Meyer said. Women learn to tell the story of who they are with the goal of building community.
The interactive workshop will include action planning, one-on-one conversation and group work, Meyer said.
Meyer is originally from South Africa where she earned a Masters degree in industrial psychology from the University of Johannesburg. Shes worked with companies such as Daimler Chrysler and Commercial Union, lectured and been an adjunct faculty member and Professional Leadership Advisory Board member at Pittsburghs Duquesne University, Carlow University, Chatham College and Robert Morris University.
Cost of the Strong Leaders/Strong Stories workshop is $45 and includes breakfast, coffee break, materials and a special gift. People are asked to register by Monday, Oct. 24, by calling Third Sector Innovations at 970-241-1139, or contact email@example.com.
Meyer will be keynote speaker the day before at an all-day seminar titled Reaching New Heights Together in Montrose, Wednesday, Oct. 26. Geared for both men and women, the Montrose leadership event will include speakers Kelvin Kent, author of Principles and Attributes of Great Leaders, and former Navy SEAL John Brown who will give a presentation titled Developing Values-Based Leaders.
For more information about the Montrose event, visit the Montrose Community Foundation website at www.montrosecf.org or call 970-901-6574.