By Gina Lopez, Leadership Gilroy Board of Directors
August 15, 2016
I was surprised to learn that Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce.com, Ariana Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post, and Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn all have regular meditation practices and give credit to meditation as a key ingredient to the success of their businesses. Even large companies such as Google have incorporated meditation spaces within their campuses for their employees to meditate during the workday to help nurture creativity. All of these cutting-edge leaders seem to know this secret, so I say, "If meditation is good enough for these billionaires, I'm hopping on board!"
I began meditating several months ago and found that the benefits far surpassed my expectations. Today, I find myself more centered with an increased ability to focus, more creative in my problem solving skills, as well as better able to handle stressful situations in a calm and controlled fashion. All of these qualities were inside me all along, they were just buried under hectic schedules and mile-long to-do lists. There is a confident, grounded person with vision and clarity emerging from deep inside all of us and every day I become more excited to watch my true leader come shinning through.
My State Farm Insurance business, as well as my Travel business, are both flourishing as a result of this new practice I've put in place, and the greatest thing is that the expansion all seems to be happening so seamlessly. I've been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember, but now I'm an entrepreneur on fire - having more fun and finding more freedom than I imagined was possible. I used to think that clearing my schedule would bring me peace and abundance; now I know it's clearing my mind.
By Kassi Swalboski, Leadership Gilroy Board of Directors
July 13, 2016
Kassi Swalboski is the owner of Crossfit Gilroy and currently serves on the board of directors for Leadership Gilroy. She shares some valuable lessons from the gym that have helped her become a better leader:
Kassi uses these tips to be a strong leader at the gym and in everyday life. We hope you are inspired to prepare for the unknown, create a strong community and have guts as you interact with friends, co-workers and in the organizations you’re involved with.
June 17, 2016
Each year the Leadership Gilroy class works together on a community service project. Projects are designed to make an impact on the community and provide a learning platform for the class to practice leadership skills they have been learning throughout the program.
This year the Class of 2016 has a mission to educate the community regarding the importance of learning hands-only CPR and the significance of early Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use. In collaboration with the City of Gilroy and the Fire Department, the class would like to help Gilroy become a “HEARTSafe City" – a movement to educate communities about recognition and assistance with sudden cardiac arrest, as well having one public access AED for every 1,000 residents.
They will be hosting a 5K HEARTSafe Run/Walk at the Gilroy Sports Complex on August 20th from 8-11am. Hands only CPR and AED instruction will be provided at the event. In addition to raising awareness on this important topic, the class is raising funds to purchase AEDs for several non-profits in an effort to increase the number of public access defibrillators located in the community.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is responsible for taking the lives of over 326,000 adults and children each year. The class hopes the community of Gilroy will join them in understanding the significant impact that can be made in a community when citizens learn CPR and AED use. According to The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, “When bystanders intervene by giving CPR and using AEDs before EMS arrives, four out of 10 victims survive.”
By Amparo Mendoza-Patino, Leadership Gilroy Board of Directors
May 13, 2016
Amparo Mendoza-Patino is a local Intero real estate agent and a current board member for Leadership Gilroy. She is a graduate of the LG Class of 2015 and believes everyone has the opportunity to be a leader. She shares some additional thoughts on leadership here:
We hope these thoughts spark your passion for leadership. In whatever aspect of your life it may apply, may you leave a positive impact on those around you and empower others to do the same!
By Randy Elder, Leadership Gilroy Board of Directors
April 14, 2016
Randy Elder is the owner of the full-service CPA firm Elder & Company and currently serves as Treasurer of Leadership Gilroy. As a member of the class of 2012 he was introduced to the book Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High (Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler) and states that it improved the way he relates to clients, employees, friends and family. Explaining that crucial conversations are centered around tough issues and when stakes are high, Randy shares his take away thoughts below:
Having a crucial conversation provides participants the opportunity to share their truth and better their world. Perhaps David M. Kelley says it best: “I always found that if you handle a problem in a benevolent way and a transparent way and involve other people, so it's just not your personal opinion, that people get to the other side of these difficult conversations being more enthusiastic.”
By Joel Goldsmith, Leadership Gilroy Board of Directors
March 15, 2016
In my career running Goldsmith Seeds, being a part of industry organizations, and supporting non-profits, I have learned a lot about leadership, both the good and the bad. Here are three of the top leadership lessons I have learned:
By Andrea Gamble, Administrative Director
February 22, 2016
Konni Thomas is the owner of First Street Coffee House and serves as the current President of Leadership Gilroy. As a leader in our community, Konni knows the joys of giving back. She supports many of our local non-profit organizations and shares some reflections here:
From Operation Freedom Paws and Community Solutions, to Rebekah Children’s Services and St. Joseph’s Family Center – there are so many different organizations making an impact on our community. They help us dream big, raise expectations and work toward common goals. They touch hundreds of lives each day and help foster a positive environment.
It is vital to support our non-profit agencies with our time, talent and treasure. If you already support a local non-profit, perhaps you’ll consider ways to expand your reach. If you are looking for ways to get plugged in, Gilroy has many opportunities. Konni reminds us that, in the words of Winston Churchill, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Show your support of the Leadership Gilroy program by sponsoring an employee, funding a scholarship, participating in our fundraiser events, or donating to our endowment fund.