38 episodes

We all have a hidden power inside us… it is a fire that is often suppressed by fear.
That power is your ROAR and it is waiting to be unleashed!
ROAR is a weekly dose of inspirational stories, candid insights, and indispensable tips, tools, and resources that will lead you to achieve more.
Whether at work or in life, it’s time to Fear Less and reach your highest potential. Learn from a powerful lineup of leaders, authors, industry experts, executive coaches, and successful entrepreneurs from around the globe.
Lakecia Gunter, your Podcast Host, is a Fortune 50 business and tech executive, and #11 on Business Insider’s Top 26 Most Powerful Women Engineers, and she is here to help you release your ROAR.

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We all have a hidden power inside us… it is a fire that is often suppressed by fear.
That power is your ROAR and it is waiting to be unleashed!
ROAR is a weekly dose of inspirational stories, candid insights, and indispensable tips, tools, and resources that will lead you to achieve more.
Whether at work or in life, it’s time to Fear Less and reach your highest potential. Learn from a powerful lineup of leaders, authors, industry experts, executive coaches, and successful entrepreneurs from around the globe.
Lakecia Gunter, your Podcast Host, is a Fortune 50 business and tech executive, and #11 on Business Insider’s Top 26 Most Powerful Women Engineers, and she is here to help you release your ROAR.

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    The Power of Modern Mentorship

    The Power of Modern Mentorship

    Only 37% of professionals have a mentor. This statistic is surprising, as mentorship is the secret behind so many successful people. Modern mentoring and the power of mentorship can help you achieve your goals—both personally and professionally. We should all be seeking to develop our skills, continually learning new things, and challenging ourselves on a regular basis, which takes a good degree of devotion and commitment. In a mentor, you have someone who can help guide, advise, and teach you through a problem or towards a goal. 
    My guest today is Lani Phillips, vice president of global partner solutions, US Channel Sales for Microsoft. She has over 20 years of experience and inclusive leadership and transformation management in the tech industry and has developed a reputation for being a transformational and inclusive leader who is committed to empowering people. Her passion for inspiring, transforming and growing leaders lead her to launch Modern Mentoring with Lani Phillips, a digital mentoring series created with the intention of sharing wisdom globally and making it accessible for anyone looking to thrive in corporate spaces.
    In this episode, you’ll hear Lani’s personal experience with mentorship, how it has contributed greatly to her success and why she believes so deeply in the practice.  She shares how she took to heart her mother’s prioritization of education, why it’s important not to limit our network, and how she recently launched her own digital show centered on modern mentoring, 
    What You Will Learn:
    The power of mentorship from a young age (09:59)Deliberate career planning is one key to success (13:57)Before looking for a mentor, define your needs (18:27)Mentorships should have a defined start and end date (22:19)The importance of valuing every member on your team (29:15)A sponsor should also be an advocate (32:39)
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    • 44 min
    Flipping The Switch And Moving From Employee to Entrepreneur

    Flipping The Switch And Moving From Employee to Entrepreneur

    If you’ve ever thought about becoming an entrepreneur, the uncertainty of success can often be the biggest obstacle holding you back. Fear and doubt are inevitable, but allowing them to dictate your professional life could mean missing out on fulfilling your dreams. Sometimes it takes recognizing your potential through the eyes of others to really provide the confidence boost you need to take the entrepreneurial leap. 
    My guest today is Monica Enand, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zapproved, a cloud-based software provider for corporate legal departments. Their goal is to make it easier and more economical for businesses to navigate the increasing rules and regulations that clients face. Her many professional accolades include the 2018 Sam Blackman Award for Civic Engagement, the 2016 TiE Entrepreneur of the Year award, and the 2010 Portland Business Journal Orchid Award for achievement for women in business. 
    In this episode, you’ll hear how Monica pursued her dream of building a successful software business. She shares her inspiring journey from employee to CEO, and how she overcame the fears and doubts she had about transitioning from a financially comfortable and successful tech role into starting her business. 
    What You Will Learn:
    Recognizing your potential for the first time (5:09)The thrill when entrepreneurial lightning strikes (10:03)What successful entrepreneurs know about timing (14:36)Flipping the switch from idea to action (17:04)Fostering values of inclusivity within your business (24:59)Developing a mountain climbers mindset (30:33)
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    • 40 min
    The Wonder-Twin Powers of Recovery and Resilience

    The Wonder-Twin Powers of Recovery and Resilience

    When we meet obstacles in our lives and careers, how do we move forward? After such a tumultuous year, we’ve learned to expect the unexpected with greater frequency. This has allowed us ample opportunities to test our ability to recover from adversity, and it’s built up our resilience to weather and learn from the challenges we face. 
    My guest today is Kim Stevenson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NetApp’s Foundational Data Services Business Unit where she’s helping to lead the charge into a new technology era. Kim most recently served as a senior executive with Lenovo as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Data Center Group. She’s also a valued member of my personal board of advisors.
    In this episode, Kim shares the lessons she’s learned about overcoming adversity throughout her distinguished career. It’s taught her that avoiding change is never the best way forward, and the real wisdom is in the learning process. You’ll hear how she’s transformed adversity into her superpower, and why she believes diversity is so important in shaping a successful business. 
    What You Will Learn:
    Drawing the line between kindness and being firm (6:06)Learning how to use your voice (11:09)Choosing to face the fire when things get hot (15:42)The simple key to overcoming adversity (21:41)Cultivating the muscle of resilience and recovery (33:25)Calling on the power of reflection (36:43)An outline for building a diverse team (43:50)
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    • 52 min
    Rising Up and Making Your Voice Heard

    Rising Up and Making Your Voice Heard

    Success is something that builds up over time, making early influences fundamental. Having a strong support system of people who champion you and unbridled access to recreational and educational opportunities plant the seeds for strong, smart, and bold leaders.
    My guests today are Cyreena Boston Ashby, CEO of Girls Inc. in the Pacific Northwest, and Amaya Gustave, an alumna of the program and currently a student at Pitzer College in California. At Girls, Inc., Cyreena offers a variety of programs and after-school activities for youth, from 8 up to age 18. Amaya is a bright young woman on the rise who has come up through the organization since the age of eight. 
    Both of these women share a capacity for inner strength, resilience, and a desire to make their voices heard. Through their mutual involvement in Girls, Inc., they’ve demonstrated how dedicated service to your community can become a pathway to your calling. Through effective mentorship, young people are able to use their voices fearlessly and courageously, building confidence and self-acceptance from the inside out.
    In this episode, we’ll talk about the early influences that led to a successful, service-focused career, and how that calling helped transform and enrich the life of one particular young woman. You’ll hear about the wide variety of programs that have influenced countless young people growing up with the support of Girls, Inc., and how access, encouragement, and early exposure are the foundational keys to future leadership.
    What You Will Learn:
    Early foundations for a legacy of service (3:45)How an iconic institution helped amplify a Roar (9:16)Carving out a career path through advocacy (13:55)Educating and preparing young women for lucrative careers (22:04)Key qualities that build resilience (32:32)The lasting power of being championed (34:12)Taking personal time to invest in young people (45:32)
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    • 51 min
    Building an Inclusive Space for the Future

    Building an Inclusive Space for the Future

    If you can see it, you can be it, right? We know from history that it’s not always easy to become something when you’ve never seen your face reflected in the stories we’re taught. March is Women's History Month, and it’s an important time to recognize the trailblazers who have led the way. Their bravery and persistence have created pathways that make the journey less challenging for future generations who follow in their footsteps. 
    My guest today is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. Dr. Renee Horton is an entrepreneur, author, international speaker, and physicist. After earning her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2002, she went on to earn her Ph.D. in Material Science with a concentration in physics from the University of Alabama. 
    As the first African American to earn this degree, she continues to pay it forward as the proud founder of Unapologetically Being Incorporated, a nonprofit for advocacy and mentoring in STEM. Today, she works at the NASA Residential Management Office in New Orleans as a Space Launch System Quality Engineer. Her work is in helping to develop rockets for the 2024 Artemis mission, which will land the first woman on the moon.
    In today’s episode, you’ll hear her personal story of bravery and persistence as she rose above the challenges that life presented and claimed her seat at the table. She viewed every bump in the road as an opportunity, and her unique experience of rising to the top is helping countless others survive, thrive, and advocate for the success of future generations. You’ll hear how she’s literally sending rockets to the moon, and working every day to change the face of STEM. 
    What You Will Learn:
    How strong early influences shape perspective (5:08)What perseverance looks like (10:16)Moving from imposter syndrome to owning our achievements (15:12)Sustaining the motivation to help your tribe (20:34)How a bump in the road led to novel innovation (21:55)Teaching the next generation how to survive and thrive (28:27)Manifesting your future into existence (34:58)
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    • 39 min
    Cultivating Greatness through Resilient Leadership

    Cultivating Greatness through Resilient Leadership

    Throughout 2020, organizations have been tested as the pandemic quickly swept across the globe. Despite the rapid pace of change, some companies were able to meet their operational challenges head-on and actually thrived. These organizations share one trait in common. They were able to demonstrate resilience in the face of change. 
    For high-performing leaders, resilience is imperative in order to thrive. Covid-19 has taught us the importance of being able to make quick decisions, and we’ve had to learn to be malleable as the conditions around us changed. Resilient leaders are born in these moments of adaptation, often learning through challenging personal circumstances.
    My guest today is Dr. Ruba Borno, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global CX Centers at Cisco. Her role spans the full portfolio of Cisco support and professional services, including technical support, professional services, managed services, customer success, and global spare parts and repair logistics. Since first meeting Ruba at an event in Silicon Valley, we instantly struck up a lasting friendship. 
    Her life story is one of great resilience, which has markedly shaped her life and ethos. Today, she shares her personal experience as a refugee, and how it led her to a keen understanding of the important things in life at a young age. The value she places on education, integrity, and family have played a pivotal role in her professional success, and her resilience in life has translated into outstanding professional success. 
    What You Will Learn:
    How a resilient past paves the path to resilient leadership (4:49)The responsibility of leaders to those who come after them (6:55)Confidence in quick decision-making (11:21)Professional allies and the importance of advocacy (16:31)The most important skills young leaders must cultivate to be successful (20:13)How urgency can unleash innovation and inspire growth (24:40)Building better leaders through empathy and understanding (30:16)
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    • 35 min

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Your guests are amazing. The June 10th guest was the best ever. Keep going. The world needs these voices.

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