“I’m a bridge between curious minds and the education they desire and deserve,” Margot Frey declared to her Fall 2020 Women in Leadership Education Circle earlier this month.
That is a snippet from Margot’s professional narrative. Participants craft and refine their narratives during the course of the program, and deliver them at graduation. I’m always impressed and moved by the narratives because they convey the depth of our program participants’ commitment to creating a positive impact in the world.
What makes professional narratives so powerful? A professional narrative answers the question, “What do you do?” in a concise, clear, and compelling way. They create a sense of confidence and articulate who you are as a professional at a given time — all while expressing your authentic style and personality. Importantly, they convey why your work matters to you — and how you uniquely do your work.
This year, I decided to create my own professional narrative. I’m sharing my working draft here, and expect it will change and evolve along with me:
“I’m an easel supporting the professional and personal growth of amazing professionals, working behind the scenes to create a safe learning environment that allows Coro participants to develop their leadership canvases. As someone who enjoys planning and bringing people together, I seamlessly arrange ways for people to connect and engage — whether it’s in person or in the virtual space. I manage the recruitment, marketing, communications, and logistics for Coro’s Women in Leadership Program and Water Solutions Network because I believe that the world is a better place thanks to the talents and skills of the people in the Coro network. I love the supportive and nurturing learning environment our training spaces create, and watching our participants grow in skills and confidence. I proudly help leaders shine.”
Coro’s Women in Leadership Program engages cohorts of mid-career women of diverse backgrounds from the private, nonprofit, and government sectors for intensive, virtual leadership development seminars and post-fellowship networking.
Applications are currently open for our Spring 2021 Women in Leadership cohort! Apply by Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at noon.
As Coro’s Director of Program Management, Angela Pang works with the Program Team to deliver innovative leadership development programs, including Water Solutions Network and Women in Leadership. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Committee, which organizes San Francisco’s official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month each May.