|The debate has been active for years—can you teach leadership or are you born a leader? Executive Women International stepped forward to address the question by designing the Academy of Leadership for Member Firms and individual representatives of those firms.
The many industries that make up the membership of EWI teach industry-specific skills. The Academy of Leadership teaches leadership skills that are transferable regardless of industry and title.
The guiding principles on which the Academy of Leadership is based are as follows:
- Leadership can and must be taught
- Everyone has the capacity to lead
- There are stellar examples of leadership within EWI
Academy of Leadership Faculty
Lori Giovannoni has consulted with numerous professional leadership programs throughout the United States. During her career she has addressed more than 25,000 professionals, focusing on issues such as the changing face of leadership, the evolution of leadership, and women as leaders.
Her company, Lori Giovannoni and Associates, is a member firm of EWI of Salt Lake City. Through her association with EWI, she has designed all of EWI's Academy of Leadership modules since its inception in 2001.
Lori is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the Athena Leadership Award given to women who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; and actively assist women in realizing their full potential.
Colette Carlson, MA
worldwide love the funny way Colette Carlson, MA, speaks the truth
while inspiring them to maximize relationships, revenue and results.
Only by telling the truth on herself was she able to overcome her own
fears and addictions that kept her 50 lbs. overweight and making
underwhelming choices. Whether she's opening for Suze Orman or speaking
in house at Fortune 100 companies to include Microsoft, Boeing, New York
Life, PepsiCo and Cisco, Colette brings her cutting-edge content and
incredible sense of fun to every program.
As a human behavior
expert she knows her stuff and has the research, education and
experience to back it up which is why she's been featured in Success,
Working Mother, and Personal Development Magazines, and interviewed on
The Success Training Networks's "Made for Succeed" series. Colette's
expertise has been sought after in motivational movies, Pass It On and
Riches: The 7 Secrets of Wealth, in addition to her monthly column,
"Tactfully Speaking" in Business Management Daily,
began as an administrative assistant, then to straight-commissioned
sales with legend Tom Hopkins. Colette became the #1 Sales Producer,
leaped to Brian Tracy's International organization and applied her sales
skills in a corporate environment as National Sales Trainer for US
West. In the midst of raising her two daughters, Colette went back to
night school to earn her Masters in Human Behavior which certainly helps
now that they're teenagers!