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03.25.20

RJE’s Inspirational Female Leaders

03.25.20
By Katie Ellis

We are nearing the end of Women’s History Month and taking time to celebrate a handful of women leaders in our organization that are driving impactful change for our employees and clients every day. With a workforce that is nearly 70% female, we are so proud of each and every woman focused on providing our customers with an exceptional experience. Take a look to see what inspires some of our leadership:

Shelly Langona

Why is it important to you to be an example of female leadership?

Women are powerful beings! We were seen in a much different light many years ago, but today, we are rising and shining to show the world just who we are. I believe that if I can be a part of showing this to others that we will continue to rise as women.

What woman has been most inspirational to you in your career?

Honestly, for me, this is not just one woman. I look at women across the world who rise up every day, do what they believe in and embrace who they are. I look to those who have a different message and example every day.

What quote resonates with you as a leader?

“Always have your faith.” This is a quote from my grandmother who meant a lot to me. She told me that over and over again right before she passed.

What’s something that allows you to be your best self every day?

Being with people I love and enjoy the most. This is my husband and kids, along with my coworkers who make things fun every day!

Why is it important to you to be an example of female leadership?

I was the only girl in my family, so while I was close with my family, they tended to do their thing and I did mine! I learned to always laugh, be brave, courageous and have an enthusiasm for life.

What woman has been most inspirational to you in your career?

Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. Carol loves a quote of Lucille’s, “I guess I would rather regret the things I’ve done, than regret the things I’ve never done.” They shared the ability to be brave, bigger than life, and along the way they made people laugh.

What quote resonates with you as a leader?

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” — G. K. Chesterton

What’s something that allows you to be your best self every day?

Being thankful for my family and to have the chance to do it all over again tomorrow.

Why is it important to you to be an example of female leadership?

I’m very thankful to have worked with incredibly strong female-led teams and it’s important for me to continue that legacy in any role I take. I also believe that it’s essential to hear all female voices – opinionated, sarcastic, soft-spoken, acerbic, all the above – so people in business can become comfortable with the idea that women don’t have to fit into any mold to be successful and a valued contributor to her team.

What woman has been most inspirational to you in your career?

I was obsessed with Coco Chanel and her business when I was younger, but my mom takes the cake for this category. My mom has led successful marketing teams in male-dominated healthcare environments for her entire career and has made a name for herself at every step. She is insanely smart, unapologetic and can navigate any situation with wit and charm. She’s a total boss and my hero.

What quote resonates with you as a leader?

“You never get what you don’t ask for.” Whether it’s a promotion, attendance to a conference or being added to a special project, you have to advocate for yourself so that is a motto I live by.

What’s something that allows you to be your best self every day?

I read all types of content pretty obsessively (hi, marketer here) and it honestly makes me feel like I can tackle any situation when I have a solid understanding of current events and business topics. I also have an incredibly supportive spouse who bolsters my ambition constantly, even if it means more work for him at home. Having a support system behind you – whether that’s family, friends or colleagues – makes all the difference.

Why is it important to you to be an example of female leadership?

For me, it’s about continuing to empower each individual.  Showing that your gender, age, or race doesn’t matter, it matters how you show up.  

What woman has been most inspirational to you in your career?

My first job and introduction in commercial design was with a woman-owned business in NW Indiana.  She showed me that being a businesswoman isn’t your identity, but part of it. The greater part of being a leader is to put 100% into every project, hold true to your personality, and share some laughs.

What quote resonates with you as a leader?

“If you don’t ask, the answer is no.”

What’s something that allows you to be your best self every day?

My teammate Devyn, she helps keep me centered and inspired every day.

Why is it important to you to be an example of female leadership?

For me, I think women are better listeners, multi-taskers and more empathetic to their co-workers and employees.  I  want to be a leader that everyone knows that they can count on no matter what.

What woman has been most inspirational to you in your career?

My mom. She taught me to work for someone the way you would want them to work for you if it were your company.

What quote resonates with you as a leader?

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s learning to dance in the rain.”

What’s something that allows you to be your best self every day?

My attitude! I am the only one who can control and it sets the tone for the day.

Why is it important to you to be an example of female leadership?

It is important to me to be an example of female leadership because I hope to bring a different perspective to each situation I am approached with. I hope to make an impact on all around me to continue to grow and become the best version of themselves while encouraging others to do the same.

What woman has been most inspirational to you in your career?

Florence Knoll because of how she revolutionized office design.

What quote resonates with you as a leader?

The Golden Rule – “Always treat others the way you would want others to treat you.”

What’s something that allows you to be your best self every day?

A giant cup of coffee and a face mask sets me up for any task the day has!

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