Anybody who tells you they know everything they need to know about leadership is mistaken. Leader learning never stops. Even as I am called upon by our clients to coach and advise leaders as the managing principal of ChangeSmith, I too continue to learn, and that might be my favorite part of my work.
I have been a management consultant in the professional services industry for over 22 years. I have supported leaders in the Federal, commercial, and trade association spaces, and represented some of the best firms in the Washington, DC metro area. While my work has always been an effective way to support my family, I haven’t always loved it. In fact, about five years ago, I was ready to quit and walk away when my wife encouraged me to pursue a dream of running my own firm.
By Chris Smith, ChangeSmith
By Tara Palacios, Arlington Economic Development's BizLaunch
Yes, take a break. I give you permission. As an entrepreneur, you deserve it. Give yourself time this summer to smell the roses, take care of yourself and recharge the batteries. The following is my list of must-do’s, so you are ready for the fall to further grow and manage your business, and attend more industry events!
By Miki Gilmore, Communications Associate, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
I’ve been at the Chamber for eight months now working in the communications role in a variety of capacities. The opportunity to grow within the role during my time at the Chamber has given me many learning moments that I will take with me for the rest of my career as a graphic designer.
I was born in Yokohama, Japan then moved to Rockville, Maryland in 2006 where I have lived for the past 13 years. In 2017, I graduated Bryn Mawr College with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics. Once I finished school, I found that I wanted to embark on a more creative career path, so I enrolled at Montgomery College to explore a new passion for graphic and web design.
By Indre Bauza, Supporting Strategies
The mission of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is to strengthen businesses and the economic environment for those who work, live and do business in Arlington.
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