From the desk of Susan Zongrone, Chair of the Women’s Business Council and Relationship Manager, VP Key Private Bank
What does it mean to Elevate each other?
Happy New Year!
First, I would like to start out by saying I am honored to be the 2020 Chair for the Women’s Business Council. This organization has been part of my professional growth for well over nine years. I have developed life long friendships over the years. These women are the ones I can count on if I needed anything both personally and professionally. When my co-chair, Emily Light, and I sat down to plan for 2020, we decided to come up with a theme. The theme chosen is simply called Elevate.
This is what Elevate means to me and why it’s important to me. In 2019, I went through a tremendous, personal loss, a loss that will be with me forever, my mom. This was a very difficult time for me and my family. I paused for quite some time. As I reflected back during the two months of my mother being ill and then to her final resting place; I thought about what got me through this. What got me through is how my friends and colleagues elevated me on a daily basis. Without the kindness, words of encouragement, daily check ins, etc. I would not have been able to take the time to grieve. These people were my bright light. Everyone can be a bright light, make the commitment, consciously or not, to everyone you encounter.
This is why I chose Elevate for the Women’s Business Council 2020 theme.
I love to read books, not one particular genre, all types. Here are some things that I have learned from reading that truly embrace the theme to Elevate each other.
- Lift while you climb. It’s important to bring people along with you on your career journey and to ask them to do the same.
- Be a good listener. Listening is more than the act of not speaking.
- I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. (Maya Angelou)
- We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.(J.K. Rowling)
- Believe, believe, and believe…….in yourself!
No matter where you are in the organization, you influence the culture. Even if it’s just one person you find who you can regularly speak kindly about, peer coach, help each other get better at your jobs… Whatever it is, whatever form the elevating is going to take, you create the possibility in that organization that this can happen.
The most important role that I have is being a mother. It’s ironic that I opened this blog about the loss of my mom and closing with being a mother. I have two beautiful, grown daughters that I want to be the best role model for. I encourage them to elevate each other, their friends and colleagues! They are my bright light.
Thank you, I look forward to working with all of you throughout the year!