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By Amy Franko

There’s a saying that you should surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.

As a practitioner in the area of leadership development, I couldn’t agree more. And as a woman business owner in the Columbus Region, I’m grateful to be surrounded by some of the smartest, strongest women leaders around. I’ve befriended many of them through the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) and NAWBO Columbus—two fantastic membership groups – as well as through my role on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. Learning from these women has helped me become a better business owner, and a stronger leader myself.

Women for Economic and Leadership DevelopmentRecently, Business First of Columbus published its list of “Central Ohio’s Influential Women to Know for 2015.” Powerhouse is the first word that came to mind! Many of honorees are women I’m proud to know: Catherine Lang-Cline, Kristen Harris, Darla King, and Joelle Brock. Like Business First says, they are “dynamic women who are shaping Central Ohio’s business community – whether by launching companies or rising high in the ranks of the corporate world.” They are also leaders who are making an impact in the community and helping to lift  up those around them. You can view the article and see all 22 profiles here. Congratulations to each of the women on this recognition.

What about you? Are you surrounded by people who will lift you higher?

If you’re looking for ways to build your own network, I invite you to download our e-book: 35 Tips to Build Lasting Strategic Relationships. It’s about learning from others and knowing how to connect with people. It’s about knowing how to ask for things that you need and having a mentor to guide you.

And contact us if we can help you implement our Strategic Leadership Excellence for Women program at your organization.

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