On Thursday, May 12, the Olympia’s Leaders, Olympia’s Leaders Advisors (OLAs), and members of the Corporate Leaders Network gathered to commemorate the completion of the “My Values” program and to celebrate the success of the Institute’s inaugural year. As Senator Snowe said in her remarks, it was a trifecta of strong women in the room!
The Olympia’s Leaders heard from Senator Snowe, reflected on the program with their OLAs, and networked with female executives representing some of the state’s top organizations. While interacting with women leaders, in particular, was slightly outside of their comfort zones, Olympia’s Leaders put their newfound skills and increased confidence to use and embraced the time with these role models. The girls also received commemorative bracelets in honor of completing their first year.
The Institute was excited to announce to the attendees that all of the schools, Olympia’s Leaders, and OLAs have enthusiastically committed to continuing with the Institute in the fall.
When asked about returning to Lewiston High School when school commences, Catherine Lamson, Senior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of MEMIC shared “I feel fortunate to have had this experience as an OLA. Meeting with the girls each month has been an extraordinary experience, and it is rewarding as well as inspiring to watch their progress. I look forward to being able to continue with this cohort of girls for the next two years – through the My Voice and My Vision curriculums – until they graduate. I feel that the connections that we have made this year will be the foundation for another successful year in 2016/2017.”
Marie McCarthy, Chief Human Resources Officer, L.L. Bean and a member of the Institute’s Corporate Leaders’ Network, remarked “It was wonderful to meet the Olympia’s Leaders and to watch them shine during the evening. It is evident that they appreciate and enjoy the program. As a human resources leader at one of Maine’s largest employers, I’m acutely aware that businesses and organizations across our state will benefit from the Olympia’s Leaders’ creativity and talents in the years to come.”