Women Who Lead: Meet the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders – Kate Stoker

Welcome to the final post in the Women Who Lead: Meet the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders series. If you missed our first five posts, check them out:
 
Calling All Women Who Lead! 
Women Who Lead: Meet the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders: Jennifer Pandya
Women Who Lead: Meet the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders: Ana-Cristina Gonzalez
Women Who Lead: Meet the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders: Courtney Goodings

Women Who Lead: Meet the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders: Carrie Leising

Today’s post comes from Kate Stoker, who shares her experience with the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program.

I decided to participate in the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program because I think it’s really important for young women not only to develop other leaders, but also to continue to develop themselves. I think there’s definitely something to be said for “sharpening the saw.” It’s important to always be evaluating your goals, your skills, your strengths, and your weaknesses, so that you can become an effective leader and lead by example so that others can follow in your path.


The SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program has given me a lot to think about in terms of what motivates me, what drives me, and what kind of environments I thrive in.  In addition, the relationships you build with other women are such a vital part of this program. There’s a lot to be said for getting in a room with other young leaders to talk about challenges, and taking your guard down. You recognize that you don’t know everything and you don’t have it all together, and everyone else is thinking the same exact thing. You also have different perspectives and different communication styles, and it’s always really interesting to learn new things from the women who are sitting around the table.


One of the things that the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program does is it gives you an opportunity to look at yourself. When you’re a servant leader, you spend so much time in your roles, projects, responsibilities, and the organizations you’re a part of, and you put your own development on the backburner. The program helps me tell myself, “It’s okay to take time off for yourself and really look at what you can work on, what motivates you, and what is your purpose.” There’s an opportunity to spread the message about putting yourself first; if you’re burnt out or if you’re exhausted, you’re not growing and you’re not going to be an effective leader.

I would absolutely recommend the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program to other women! The topics that are explored and the education that you receive in the program are relevant for any level of leadership whether you’re just starting out or if you’re more tenured in your leadership journey. The breadth of the program is great; it’s beneficial to come to a deeper understanding of your communication style, how you are tracking your goals, and your life’s purpose.

~ Kate Stoker
Cisco Systems, Inc.


Today’s post is the final of a six-week series about the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program. This series includes testimonials from some of the incredible women who are participating in the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program, check out this video and email Amber Fogarty today!

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