The Journal Gazette
Sunday, January 03, 2021 1:00 am

Videocast offers female leaders' views

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Executives and educators in northwest Indiana have partnered on a project to encourage and elevate women that can benefit anyone in the state.

The Northwest Indiana Influential Women Association is launching a free vodcast, or videocast, called “Breaking the Glass Ceiling.” Speakers include Indiana's lieutenant governor and prominent company leaders.

The first one, scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 13, is Dawn Reynolds Pettit, vice president of human resources for Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana. She works in a traditionally male-dominated industry and has won numerous awards. They include in 2019 an OnCon Top 50 HR Professionals Award and in 2011, the Caesars Entertainment Excellence In Leadership Award and Northwest Indiana Influential Women Award in Tourism/Hospitality.

Each month, the vodcast speaker will discuss barriers and other issues they've encountered in the workplace and lessons to “help other professionals empower their careers,” a news release said. The vodcasts will include question-and-answer sessions following the presentations.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch will speak during March's event. Others lined up are Dr. Janet Seabrook, CEO of Community HealthNet Health Centers, for February and Kelly A. Shikany, vice president and financial adviser with CAPTRUST, in April.

The Influential Women Association partnered with Purdue University Northwest to develop the vodcast. Additional speakers are being scheduled throughout 2021 and will be announced at

Registration for the Jan. 13 event is available online at

New opportunities

Most people I know were anxious to say farewell to 2020, though it might have been a bit harder to let go if they lost a loved one in the past 12 months, whether due to COVID-19 or other reasons.

I recall when my father died in early November 1994 and feeling very emotional during a New Year's Eve “Watch Night” service because the end of that year and dawn of a new one also felt like I officially really had to let go.

Everyone – and how we manage crisis and grief – is so different.

A new year typically represents opportunities. One reference I saw online mentioned it's like one unopened book with 12 chapters and 365 pages.

We're three days in.

While the new year represents opportunity, it also represents uncertainty.

One “contemporary kidding” message someone forwarded me in August included several light-hearted ways of looking at the pandemic. One of them said “We want to publicly apologize to the year 2019 for all the bad things we said about it.”

A year ago, most of us wouldn't have predicted we would spend most of 2020 wearing masks ... social distancing ... working from home when we have an office in a building where we saw our colleagues daily without the aid of Zoom ... all due to the novel coronavirus.

But just like COVID, the virus, and even corona became everyday phrases, so did the word “resilience.” It was used in most every leadership and workplace webinar I listened to last year. It means the ability to recover, to rebound and perhaps even prosper – despite the changes that are sometimes forced upon us.

As you continue to brainstorm and fine-tune strategy, as you hope and dream about the best that 2021 could bring, I trust you will tap into all that's within to press on with resilience, despite whatever curveballs may come.

May 2021 be unremarkable when it comes to the kinds of chaos and crisis we saw in 2020.

But when the unexpected comes, lead.

With purpose, with passion, with persistence ... lead well. 

To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at Lead On also appears online as a blog at

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