I've learned from making mistakes, you know, I learned in my 20s, my nickname was the Iron Maiden. And that's because I've been through massive restructuring, 18, mergers and acquisitions, lots of really difficult decisions to be made. But I didn't show up. I didn't get to know all the individuals in part because one, I had a bit of impostor syndrome, myself, the youngest in the room, the only woman often at the boardroom table, it's there's a lot of reasons I showed up the way I did. And so I didn't take the time to build really like authentic relationships with the team, were number one. And number two, I never showed my own vulnerability to them, to build that and get trust. And so those that authenticity and building this real trusted connection with people, and to learning how to be really vulnerable. Those are, I say, simple. Not everyone's comfortable with that, and you'll need to lean into the discomfort to be successful at it. But that is what builds these kinds of relationships where your employees feel that you they can trust you and that you ultimately have their back in the workplace.
Victoria Pelletier’s Top Five Tips For Living an Unstoppable Career and Life
1. Develop resilience.
2. Take control of your personal brand.
3. Curate your personal brand.
4. Lead with heart.
5. Advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
TIME STAMP SUMMARY
00:07 How Victoria overcame adversity, even as a child.
05:59 The importance of not limiting yourself to ‘New Years Resolutions’.
14:23 How being ‘The Iron Maiden’ inspired Victoria.
15:31 Being an advocate for the voiceless.
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Bio Victoria Pelletier
Victoria has never let circumstances stand in her way. Growing up in an abusive home until she was removed and later adopted, Victoria’s childhood was filled with abuse, sexual assault, and physical violence. But none of that has stopped her. Victoria has overcome tremendous odds to pursue a life of corporate success and leadership. It’s easy to let our circumstances stand in our way. But we don’t have to. Circumstances of our past only rob us of our future if we let them. Victoria chose not to let her circumstances be her excuses.
By age 24, Victoria was offered her first executive role with a large, dynamic, and fast paced organization. Yes, that’s dreadfully young to have such accountability and responsibility. It was her tenacity of spirit, her confidence that she could do the job, and her grit to see that she could rise to the occasion, empowered by the leaders around her that led to her success.
As a member of the LGBTQ community, Victoria knows about diversity and inclusion, and why one without the other is of little value. It’s not enough to have other voices at the table when those opinions aren’t being heard. Victoria’s messages have stemmed from her struggle, and success, in being accepted as a woman in the male dominated board room, and as a member of the LGBTQ community