The SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle meets each month for a breakfast at Sophie’s in Saks Fifth Avenue at the mall at University Town Center. All in attendance were thrilled that Pam Rotar from Lafayette 148 New York joined our discussion for a special announcement. On January 22, 2015 SRQ President and Editor in Chief Lisl Liang will interview Lafayette 148 New York Creative Director Edward Wilkerson as part of a special event showcasing upcoming collections. The event promises insight into his creative process, his inspiration for the designs of Lafayette 148 and a fashion presentation.
At each of our monthly gatherings, a member of the Leadership Circle shares their story of challenges they have met along the road to success. Lee-En Chung, P.E., Founder and Construction Consulting Engineer of Ivy Ventures engaged the Leadership Circle with her honest insights on the challenges and hard-earned accomplishments as a construction engineer. We can officially say that Lee-En has done it all. She has overcome tremendous obstacles; she is fiercely committed to achieving her goals and has the ability to light up a room with her sincerity and strength. We learned a lot about “sticking to your guns” and the power of believing in yourself from her story. And we consider ourselves privileged to count her among our friends at SRQ.
The morning wrapped up with one of those moments you wish you could duplicate at every gathering. A thoughtful, honest discussion unfolded on the importance of growing up with a mentor. Laurey Stryker articulated one of the most interesting things we’ve learned, “You get to a point in your life that you become your own mentor. As you teach others, you teach yourself.”
We are grateful for the members of the Leadership Circle who encourage and motivate us as they mentor and challenge themselves to make this community great.
Special thanks to Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue at University Town Center and Lafayette 148 for their hospitality (and the delicious breakfast spread) and support of the SRQ Women in Business program.
If you would like to nominate an influential member of our community for the Women in Business competition, visit SRQ this January.