Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Cambria Suites at PPG Paints Arena - From 11:30-1:30 p.m.
When I was a kid, my mom would say to me and my siblings, "You are not here to show up, you are here to show OUT!" That was her way of saying to us that it was not good enough to blend into the crowd. She had a strong belief that we should exceed expectations, defy the odds and set a new bar that others could not reach. From our style of dress to our attitude and aptitude, just OK was NOT OK with her. As I look back on my career, that quote has served me better than I could have ever imagined. Every time I started a new position, I was reminded of my mother's words and have applied that philosophy in order to get ahead. In this keynote address, I will share what I believe are some key ways you can set yourself apart as a standout talent. Everyone is capable of being great, but embracing the "show out" mentality is a great way to solidify your brand as a rising star in your organization. In this keynote, I will speak to the following:
1. Understanding your organization's cultural norms and setting a higher bar of "acceptable behavior"
2. Finding creative ways to gain access and notoriety (e.g. taking on stretch assignments with key decision makers)
3. Being good at telling your story (knowing your value, knowing your business, sharing your vision)
4. Picking your "spots" carefully (finding the healthy middle ground between being "overly ambitious" and being a "wallflower")
5. Study your organization's iconic figures: learning from their triumphs and, equally, their mistakes
Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, this conversation is for you. Showing OUT is not about being pompous or arrogant or self-aggrandizing. It is about giving you the tools to step into your own light so that others can fully see and experience your greatness.
2019 Woman of Excellence Award Cocktail Reception honoring Director of Athletics at the University of Pittsburgh, Heather Lyke.
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