the capacity or power of persons to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others.
If you have spent time with me, you’ve likely heard me on my soapbox speaking of this personal belief: As more women build their position of influence as leaders, we’ll find solutions to the most poignant issues facing woman and their families in Canada, North America, and globally.
Build your position of influence. Strengthen it. Grow it!
Where did this ‘soapbox theory’ originate? I live it.
Growing up with four older brothers and four male cousins, I learned at a very young age, “If you want to play with the Big Boys, you’d better keep up!“
I attended the same private elementary and middle school between grades 1-10, providing stability that many kids don’t experience. Ten solid years to experience who I was as a child and who I wanted to be – a singer, performer, playful yet diligent student and a leader amongst my peers. I built my influence while exploring and expanding my talents. I left that school as valedictorian with all of the confidence in the world. I was ready for more.
Fast forward through the balance of my schooling to the start of my professional career where again I found myself ‘playing with the big boys’. As National Marketing Manager of a private investment firm, I was responsible for 18 offices across Canada, providing branding & communications support to 100+ advisors – mostly male – and their teams. I reported to an all-male executive and experienced first-hand for the first-time ever where a lack of [adequate] influence will get you: not where you ultimately want to be.
I then transitioned from that career in 2000 to create a national women’s leadership accelerator, PowHERhouse, from scratch with nothing more than an idea, a whole lot of passion and a vivid recollection of what it takes to ‘play with the big boys’, influence. I have experienced what works to successfully support leadership priorities in a corporate setting and wanted to create a framework, platform and creative team to best support women’s leadership priorities for those who are ready to stretch into their fullest potential and grow their position of influence as key leaders in Canada.
Why is building a position of influence important?
Think about the most influential, trusted leaders in your life. When they tell you something, you listen. They spend little time or energy convincing you of what needs to be done leaving more time to actually do it. They possess a gift of harnessing support, creating momentum and – quite frankly – getting sh*t done that makes a difference. Influence = traction.
How do we move women forward, faster, in the next 20 years than they have in the past 20?
Charlene SanJenko, Founder + CEO of PowHERhouse Impact Media Group, has worked intimately with thousands of women over the past 20+ years to understand what they need to fully integrate excellence and fulfillment in all areas of their lives. www.powherhouse.com