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WINGS for Growth is a nonprofit, women’s leadership development program. Our mission is to Unleash the leader in women, accelerate their growth, and inspire them to create opportunities for the next generations. We envision a day when women leaders, role models, and change agents are universal. In WINGS “Showing up as a leader” series, we are inviting exceptional women leaders from various industries and backgrounds who are passionate about sharing their perspective and candid insights on what it takes for women to be the leader they want to be. Speakers will share their own learnings, challenges and sometimes tough or difficult decisions they had to make that led them to the success they have achieved. They will also share how they help uplift other women by mentoring, sponsoring, and coaching. In a world where there are a higher number of men in leadership ranks, they will share how they have worked with men who grew to be their allies. We will focus on narratives, culture, mindset, intuition, business and finally how to show up as a leader everywhere and create a path for others to lead.

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WINGS for Growth is a nonprofit, women’s leadership development program. Our mission is to Unleash the leader in women, accelerate their growth, and inspire them to create opportunities for the next generations. We envision a day when women leaders, role models, and change agents are universal. In WINGS “Showing up as a leader” series, we are inviting exceptional women leaders from various industries and backgrounds who are passionate about sharing their perspective and candid insights on what it takes for women to be the leader they want to be. Speakers will share their own learnings, challenges and sometimes tough or difficult decisions they had to make that led them to the success they have achieved. They will also share how they help uplift other women by mentoring, sponsoring, and coaching. In a world where there are a higher number of men in leadership ranks, they will share how they have worked with men who grew to be their allies. We will focus on narratives, culture, mindset, intuition, business and finally how to show up as a leader everywhere and create a path for others to lead.

    Ep.11 Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, President of Augustana University

    Ep.11 Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, President of Augustana University

    WINGS for Growth presents "Showing up as a leader" with Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. 24th President of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota — the first woman to lead the university in its 160-year history.
    Stephanie says what grounds her, is her upbringing and the influence of her mom and grandma. She talks about mentorship as about giving and take relationships. She says, "There is power and privilege, in the roles and responsibilities of mentors that they have and how to enlist that to expand opportunities. She agreed with me that mentoring is a skill, and it needs to be learned."
    The highlight for me is Stephanie thoughts and ideas about opportunities for local businesses and universities to partner together to innovate to achieve business growth post-pandemic.
    We had a very insightful discussion about how to manage change. I will not spoil your listening experience, find out for yourself.
    Quotes:
    Your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you're a leader.You can't let 80 to 90% of your energies be consumed by trying to persuade the 10 to 20% of the people who may not be ever inclined to do the work.I've learned the most about myself and how to be a better leader when I have come up short.Guest Bio:
    Stephanie Herseth Sandlin serves as the 24th president of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota — the first woman to lead the university in its 160-year history. As a result of her leadership, the university is implementing its transformational Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030 strategic plan and has launched Viking Bold, the largest and most comprehensive campaign in its history.
    Herseth Sandlin graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University and cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. Called to public service, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004, where she went on to serve four terms. She was the first woman elected to the U.S. House from South Dakota and the youngest woman serving in Congress during that time.  
    Following her time in Congress, Herseth Sandlin became a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm and later joined Raven Industries in Sioux Falls, as the company’s first general counsel and vice president of corporate development.
    Herseth Sandlin is celebrated for her leadership in the advancement of women, her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as her policy work centered on agriculture, renewable energy, veterans’ education, and tribal affairs. She was named to TIME’s “40 Under 40” list of New Civic Leaders in 2010, was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2017, and in August of 2020, was named to USA Today Network’s select list of “Women of the Century,” in recognition of her significant contributions to the state of South Dakota and the country. 
    Herseth Sandlin is married to former Texas Congressman Max Sandlin, an attorney and former Chairman of the Board of Feeding South Dakota. She and Max live in Sioux Falls with their son, Zachary. 
    About WINGS:
    Many women reach the cusp of leadership and never make the leap. WINGS is strategically positioned to serve this population. 1st woman founded nonprofit, academically-backed, High-Touch, Results-Oriented, 10-month leadership program that fosters mindset and behavior which leads to systematic change. WINGS’s - accelerates thousands more women toward leadership roles in a way that’s never been done before.
    Sign up to be a WINGS Mentee or Mentor at www.wingsforgrowth.org.

    • 49 min
    Ep.10 Deborah Waters, Managing Director at Citi (Global Head of Private Bank Operations & Technology, Cross Product and ICG O&T Diversity)

    Ep.10 Deborah Waters, Managing Director at Citi (Global Head of Private Bank Operations & Technology, Cross Product and ICG O&T Diversity)

    WINGS for Growth presents "Showing up as a leader" with Deborah Waters. Debbie Waters is the Global Head of Private Bank Operations and Technology at Citigroup. Also, Debbie leads the Commercial Bank Technology and Institutional Clients Group (ICG).  Debbie has a passion for Diversity and leads Diversity for her division.
    We talk about some crucial topics with Deborah, such as transitioning from managing yourself to managing large teams, balancing work life being as a first-time mother, establishing executive presence and promoting inclusion at the workplace, having tough conversations and resilience through a crisis. She says: “resiliency is not just for leaders. Resiliency is for anybody and everybody. And if you can be resilient and you can adjust with those changes, then you will be successful.
    Quotes:
    Challenges build character.You have to be a little uncomfortable to be comfortable with Inclusion.You must manage your own career. No one is responsible for your career but you.As you grow in ranks, you have to make decisions with less and less information.Volunteer for stretch roles. It is the best way to get visibility and build an impactful network.Guest Bio:
    Deborah Waters is the Global Head of Private Bank Operations and Technology provides solutions for Citi’s Private Bank franchise helping enable them to offer highly sophisticated institutional-level solutions along with traditional private banking offerings. Also, Debbie leads the Commercial Bank Technology and Institutional Clients Group (ICG) Cross Product Technology which creates Tech Utilities that can be leveraged across ICG such as Portal, Sales and Research. Debbie has a passion for Diversity and leads ICG O&T Diversity.

    Debbie has been with Citi for over 25 years. Prior to her current role, she led Client Centric and Equities Technology (CCET), supporting the following ICG businesses: Equities, Research, Citi Velocity, and Markets Sales. Debbie also held various roles in the Markets Technology organization, including the Global Technology Head for Investment Bank, Markets and TTS Sales, and ICG Client Analytics, as well as Municipals and Global Securitized Markets. 

    She has also served as the COO for Markets Technology during her tenure. Prior to moving into Markets Technology, Debbie managed Markets and Operational Risk Technology for the organization where she started as a developer for risk. Before joining Citi, Debbie spent five years in the aerospace industry working for GE and Martin Lockheed.
    About WINGS:
    Hope you like what you heard. Give us your feedback and let us know what are other topics you like to hear about. Follow us on:
    LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram Many women reach the cusp of leadership and never make the leap. WINGS is strategically positioned to serve this population. 1st woman founded nonprofit, academically-backed, High-Touch, Results-Oriented, 10-month leadership program that fosters mindset and behavior which leads to systematic change. WINGS’s - accelerates thousands more women toward leadership roles in a way that’s never been done before.
    Sign up to be a WINGS Mentee or Mentor at www.wingsforgrowth.org 

    • 39 min
    Ep.9 Ghazale Johnston, Founder and Principal of Joon Solutions

    Ep.9 Ghazale Johnston, Founder and Principal of Joon Solutions

    WINGS for Growth presents "Showing Up as A Leader" with Ghazale Johnston, former Managing Director of Accenture, and now the Founder and Principal of Joon Solutions.
    There was a pivotal moment in Ghazale’s career when she realized there was a second chapter to her story and she wanted to do something different; thereafter, she became the COO for a startup called DayMaker. 
    She says, being from an immigrant family, meant that you do not have social capital the way that people do; you know that no one will ever owe you anything, so you have to keep trying your best every time and get it right on your own. Being a first-generation immigrant, I fully agree with this.
    During our fun-packed conversation, we also asked Ghazale how to restore trust once it is shattered. I heard this expression before: “Trust arrives on foot but leaves on horseback.” In other words, building trust can take a very long time, but breaking trust can happen in an instant. Ghazale’s advice is to own your mistakes and be honest.  
    Quotes:
    Empathy is about putting yourself in other people’s shoes and recognizing what you will never understand about someone. Listen and learn, don’t assume. Always choose to do what is right over what is easy. If you are a mother don’t plan past 6 months, there are many unknowns, and it can overwhelm you.   I want to be remembered by how I treated people, not how I delivered the business process. Profit and Purpose can and should exist in the same concept.Guest Bio:
    As Founder and Principal of Joon Solutions, Ghazale Johnston advises rapidly growing companies on business development, client integration and workplace engagement. She is also an active angel investor and serves as advisor to early stage CEOs/ Founders. Ghazale specializes in purpose-driven businesses as well as companies focused on solving societal issues that disproportionately affect the lives of women and minorities. She is regularly involved in programs that address the emotional and educational needs of children impacted by trauma and poverty, which includes serving on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas. Her focus on education extends to her leadership roles at North Carolina State University. Ghazale is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the NC State University Foundation Board, is on the Leadership Council for the Wolfpack Women in Philanthropy and is a member of the Wolfpack Investor Network. 
    Prior to launching Joon Solutions, Ghazale served as the Chief Operating Officer for Daymaker- a compassion platform that helps companies engage their employees through intentional acts of giving and service. Ghazale continues to advise Daymaker on strategic priorities and growth initiatives. 
    Ghazale formerly spent 20 years at Accenture where she was a Partner/Managing Director in the Financial Services practice. In 2013, she was a winner of the Charlotte Business Journal 40 under 40 award.
    Ghazale loves telling stories and helping others tell their stories. She creates content, provides coaching and speaks publicly on various topics including helping women re-enter the workforce; advancing social causes; and the gifts and lessons she has gained as an immigrant. 
    Ghazale lives in Charlotte with her husband, Andy. They have two children, Alex (15) and Millie (13) and a sweet Schnoodle named Duffy. Her "perfect day" includes a 5 mile run, traveling with her family and/or enjoying delicious food with friends. 
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    • 37 min
    Ep.8 Jane Chwick, Former Goldman Sachs Partner; Board Member: Voya Financial, MarketAxess, People's United Bank, Thoughtworks, Essent

    Ep.8 Jane Chwick, Former Goldman Sachs Partner; Board Member: Voya Financial, MarketAxess, People's United Bank, Thoughtworks, Essent

    WINGS for Growth presents "Showing up as a leader" with Jane Chwick, a former Goldman Sachs Partner.
    Jane is a former partner of Goldman Sachs where she had a 30-year career in technology. We had a very candid conversation with Jane about pros and cons of long career in one company, managing ups and downs during the business crisis, innovation vs. risk , and finally balancing work and life. 
    This episode is filled with frank and bold advice from Jane. 
    Jane now serves 5 boards as a technologist and enjoys her time with her children and grandchildren. She says this is her second career, except now she makes a lot more time for herself and her family.  
    Quotes:
    Biggest risk of innovation is not innovating. Gliding for a while is better than leaving completely. Getting things done is how you exude leadership.Being authentic does not mean you are letting your guards down; it is about growing with values and integrity.Love what you do but you do not need to love what you do all the time. Guest Bio:
    Jane is a former partner of Goldman Sachs where she had a 30-year career in technology, including most recently as the Co-Chief Operating Officer of the technology division.  As Co-COO she was responsible for financial and business planning, setting the technical strategy and the management of an 8,000-person organization within the firm.  While at Goldman, Jane served on many governance committees, including the firm’s Finance Committee, the Firm Wide New Activity Committee and the Technology Risk Committee, and she was the co-chair of the Technology Division Operating Committee.
    Jane currently serves on a number of boards for corporate and not for profit organizations including ​Voya Financial, MarketAxess, People’s United Bank, Thoughtworks and Essent Group.  She is the chair of the Technology, Innovation and Operations Committee at Voya Financial and at Essent and is the chair of the Risk Committee at MarketAxess.  In addition, Jane is on the Executive Board of Trustees and the Vice Chair of the Queens College Foundation. Jane previously served on the boards of the Berkshire School and Girls Who Code. 
    Jane earned an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Queens College, and an MBA with a concentration in quantitative analysis from St. John’s University.
    About WINGS:
    Hope you like what you heard. Give us your feedback and let us know what are other topics you like to hear about. Follow us on:
    LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram Many women reach the cusp of leadership and never make the leap. WINGS is strategically positioned to serve this population. 1st woman founded nonprofit, academically-backed, High-Touch, Results-Oriented, 10-month leadership program that fosters mindset and behavior which leads to systematic change. WINGS’s - accelerates thousands more women toward leadership roles in a way that’s never been done before.
    Sign up to be a WINGS Mentee or Mentor at www.wingsforgrowth.org 

    • 32 min
    Ep.7 Halé Behzadi, Managing Director and Global Market Manager | Western Region at Citi Private Bank

    Ep.7 Halé Behzadi, Managing Director and Global Market Manager | Western Region at Citi Private Bank

    WINGS for Growth presents "Showing Up as a Leader" with Halé Behzadi. Being a passionate banker and an amazing business leader, Halé says authenticity is core to her leadership.    
    Halé discusses how to study the landscape before making any decisions about your job situation. Halé talks about how she was able to grow her business during crises. She says staying close to your team, reminding them that their wellbeing is a priority and giving them tools to be productive is how you sustain during a crisis. She says if they are not productive at home, they will not be productive at work.
    In the spirit of being candid, we asked Halé if she was often misunderstood to be soft spoken or too nice. She says when you have a body of work and that consistently points to great outcomes, it helps debunk that myth of being too nice or soft spoken. She says someone once told her that she has an iron fist in a velvet glove.
    Quotes:
    Careers are not linear, they have turns and twists which are part of your success story.  Building consensus and bringing people along by persuasion is far more powerful than by force.Authenticity is an alignment of thought, words and actions. If you keep showing up as a leader the same way every time, that's your brand.Guest Bio:
    Halé Behzadi is a Managing Director and Global Market Manager of the Western Region at Citi Private Bank and is a member of the North America Private Bank Leadership Team. She is directly responsible for leading the ultra-high net worth private banking practices in seven offices in California, Arizona, and Washington. Halé Co-Chairs Citi’s California Leadership Council and is the Executive Sponsor of Citi’s North America Diversity Committee. Most recently, Halé chaired the Mentoring Committee at Citi Private Bank and served as the Business Sponsor of Citi’s Pride Network for Southern California and the Women’s Network for Northern California.
    Halé is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in Economics where she is an active member of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Throughout her career she has played an active role in numerous civic and charitable organizations that provide social services, education, and healthcare in the local community.
    Currently, Halé serves on the Board of Trustees for Viewpoint School as a member of the Executive Committee, in addition to chairing the Advancement Committee. She has previously held a number of leadership roles including Vice Chair and Chair of Committee on Trustees where she was focused on recruiting more diverse board members, especially women. Halé sits on the advisory board of the Iranian American Women Foundation. She is also a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. Halé was recently recognized as a Deborah Award recipient by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for her leadership and civic contributions exemplifying the qualities and ideals of ADL.
    About WINGS:
    Hope you like what you heard. Give us your feedback and let us know what are other topics you like to hear about. Follow us on:
    LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram WINGS is strategically positioned to serve this population. 1st woman founded nonprofit, academically-backed, High-Touch, Results-Oriented, 10-month leadership program that fosters mindset and behavior which leads to systematic change. 
    Sign up to be a WINGS Mentee or Mentor at www.wingsforgrowth.org 

    • 37 min
    Ep.6 Nikki Sumpter, Chief Human Resource Officer at Atlantic Health System

    Ep.6 Nikki Sumpter, Chief Human Resource Officer at Atlantic Health System

    WINGS for Growth presents "Showing Up as a Leader" with Nikki Sumpter. Nikki is a Senior VP & Chief HR Officer of Atlantic Health System. She serves on many boards & has been awarded several awards for her work as a leader. Nikki talks to us about how she managed her career to be in the C-Suite much earlier than her plans, as a black woman. She shares with us her story about building a strong support team: her mother and grandmother are her biggest cheerleaders.   
    Quotes:
    Feedback is a gift, but it is up to you if you like to use it or put it on the shelf and re-gift it to someone who needs it.I show up authentically and unapologetically everywhere. I do not let my cultural baggage dictate my life. Be bold about things you want; make it big, don't think small.Don't be the victim of your circumstances.Joy is a focus before a feeling. Guest Bio:
    Nikki Sumpter is passionate about solving problems in order to unleash the power of people to succeed, communities to thrive and organizations to grow. 
    Currently serving as Sr VP and Chief HRO of Atlantic Health System (17,000 team members &  400+ sites of care). Under Nikki’s leadership, Atlantic Health was named to Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For (for the 12th consecutive year) 

    While at JPS Health Network, she led enterprise-wide strategies founded on a commitment to excellent patient-centered care and a best-in-class workplace. Nikki and JPS were honored with a Press Ganey Commitment to Excellence Award for Employee Engagement for their successful redesign of employee recognition, benefit plans, and workforce and leadership development programs 
     BOARD/PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 
    Board of Trustee for Saint Elizabeth University Member of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Morris-Sussex-Warren Workforce Development Member of the Board of Directors for Cornerstone Family Programs & Morristown Neighborhood House Rutgers University – School of Management and Labor Relations Center for HR and Leadership Development – HR Advisory Board Member WINGS for Growth, Inc. – Advisory Council Member American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) National Association of Health Service Executives Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. RECOGNITION 
    Recognized by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey as one of the 2020 Woman of Achievement 2018 Great Place to Work for All Leadership Award, designed to recognize the integral strategic and cultural influence of talented women leaders from Fortune 100 recognized organizations Named Most Powerful Businesswoman by the National Diversity Council and Texas Diversity Magazine About WINGS:
    Hope you like what you heard. Give us your feedback and let us know what are other topics you like to hear about. Follow us on:
    LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram Many women reach the cusp of leadership and never make the leap. WINGS is strategically positioned to serve this population. 1st woman founded nonprofit, academically-backed, High-Touch, Results-Oriented, 10-month leadership program that fosters mindset and behavior which leads to systematic change. WINGS’s - accelerates thousands more women toward leadership roles in a way that’s never been done before.
    Sign up to be a WINGS Mentee or Mentor at www.wingsforgrowth.org 

    • 43 min

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