On March 25, 2015, MMA G.R.O.W.*which stands for Growth in Relationship and Opportunities for Women hosted the 5th Annual Keynote Speaker Event at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego. This year, the organization welcomed Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, to share her inspirational message with our associates, clients and business partners. As a pioneer in military aviation, Lohrenz’s keynote focused on winning under pressure, overcoming obstacles and thriving in a male-dominated profession.
Lohrenz drove home the message of teamwork and the mechanics of building a successful team. To build a strong team that can win under pressure, she says to make sure team members understand the goal and their unique part in accomplishing that goal. Communicate to the team that they matter and why.
To overcome obstacles and perform at the highest level, Lohrenz described the importance of the team sharing a common vision and a deep commitment to the “mission over self”. Great teams believe in the mission and trust in each other.
Lohrenz advised the attendees to not let anyone else’s agenda pull them off course. She speaks from experience. Graduating during a time when women were not allowed to become fighter pilots, she was given two choices: get out of the Navy or take an administrative job. Unswayed, Lohrenz forged ahead in the direction of her dream. When options are given that don’t align with the intended goal, Lohrenz encourages women to seek out a third way.
One of the organization’s most highly attended event to date, the response to the Lohrenz’s keynote was overwhelmingly positive. Keep an eye out for a future guest post from Carey Lohrenz.
*Marsh & McLennan Agency's women’s initiative, MMA GROW, was formed in 2010 to attract, retain, educate and support women in the firm.
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