The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Woman to Woman, Leader to Leader Committee (WWLL), co-chaired by Johnette Lee (Lighthouse for the Blind) and Jimmie Keenan (Wellmed), was hosted by the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas at the Sally Cheever Leadership Center. The event is usually held as a casual networking reception for senior leaders across a variety of industries. However, this month’s event was unique in enabling committee members to invite emerging women leaders within their personal and professional networks. The more than 80 attendees came from all backgrounds and extended in age from 10 year-old Girl Scouts to our beloved Rosemary Kowalski (RK Group), who recently celebrated her 95th birthday. All attendees enjoyed the interaction, lively discussion, and delicious food and beverage, topped off with s’mores at the end of the evening.
Labeled “WWLL Opening Doors”, event guests were organized into groups which facilitated fun and valuable tips and techniques with “on the spot” mentoring. CPS’s team of volunteers were immensely helpful in planning and executing this worthwhile and impactful event, highlighting the value of mentoring and leading women in their professional and personal lives.
Elizabeth Ackley, CPS Energy’s Senior Manager of Employee Development, guided the group in a facilitated discussion on the value of mentoring and connecting. “Seeing emerging and established leaders candidly sharing their perspectives in an atmosphere of growth was really inspiring to watch,” Ackley said. “The unbridled enthusiasm and camaraderie in the discussion tables was evident — as I looked around, I saw people in lively conversation, taking group photos together, and exchanging contact information and ideas.”
Leaders had a chance to share practical and philosophical insights with one another through a hands-on career journey map and guided table topics. Guests were inspired by currently serving Girl Scout participants, who delivered poised, hopeful speeches in front of a room full of women cheering them on and supporting their success.
Representing Girl Scouts Southwest Texas was Stephanie Finleon Cortez, Chief Development and Communications Officer. “It was a thrill to have so many prominent female leaders at our Sally Cheever Leadership Center. The energy when women come together, laugh, maybe cry a bit, was contagious!” Finleon Cortez said. “Girl Scouts is the pipeline for the city’s future female leaders, and it was a pleasure to introduce our girls to the role models in the room.”
The WWLL Committee connects top Military and C-Suite women leaders to authentically deepen relationships through engagement, while creating opportunities to help emerging leaders of the future. If you are interested in participating in the Chamber’s Woman to Woman, Leader to Leader Committee in the future, please email Lori Stinson, VP Military Affairs and Leadership Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.