Saturday, October 11th was a totally (pardon my French) kick-ass day for me and Nuvigeen Productions. It was one small step for man and a giant step for womankind. On that day I graduated from the inaugural cohort attending the Antioch University Women & Leadership Certificate Program in Santa Barbara. This 10-month journey provided me with the skills and expertise I needed to pump up my personal and professional leadership tool kit.
I learned the lingo of leadership (yes, it’s really a language!), recognized my authentic voice and confirmed what I knew all along - that when men and women are recognized equally and come to the table to work together, organizations significantly increase productivity. Work-life balance is mythical to some extent. What works is being in the moment and setting priorities on the key things you want to get out of work and family, instead of being all things to all people and ending up being/feeling mediocre at it all. This program transformed me by getting me to focus on my own personal mission and vision and channeling my intellectual energy into the “spouting” of Nuvigreen Productions. It gave me a sandbox to try out new ideas, work through the fear that comes from moving from leading teams in a corporate setting, to leading myself in a new paradigm as an entrepreneur. It allowed me to take risks. I learned the value of utilizing emotional intelligence and my new favorite term…strategic patience.
When I started AUSB W&L, I hoped the program would be the kick in the pants I needed to continue my passion to create real, fresh content, specifically films, for people, the planet, prosperity and posterity. I was not disappointed; it did that and so much more. I developed warm, supportive relationships with rock star instructors Judy Bruton, Carole Tisson, Cindy Levine and Polly Chandler, along with my mentor Vicky Riskin. I got excellent advice from leadership experts including Jon Goodman, Tracy Williams, Risë Philips and Graciola Montgomery. In thinking back on the experience, it came to mind that the program did not advertise its most powerful secret ingredient that 16 lucky students found along the way. I’m referring to the meaningful relationships we developed with each other. I’d like to thank Esther Aguilera, Bonnie Baranoff, Sonia Barbey, Lisa Cardoso, Jill Dumain, Jean Flanagan, Cassie Gibson, Keri Goldberg, Kim Heidt, Alisha Holley, Phyllis Krekel, Nicole Louderback, Julie McGloin, Trudie Olsen-Curtis, and Tracey Ryan for their wisdom and friendship. My hope is that we will continue to cultivate our circle of support so it lasts a lifetime.