August WBN Luncheon Follow-up – From the Bottom to the Top: How to climb the executive ladder from within your company.

WBN luncheon participantsWe held our August Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Network (WBN) luncheon is 11:30AM on Thursday, August 11th, at the East Bay Café .  At the luncheon, a panel of influential leaders – whose motivation, talent, and hard work have helped them rise to the top of their organization – addressed the topic “From the Bottom to the Top: How to climb the executive ladder from within your company.”

panelThe panelists included Rona Rahlf, President and Publisher of The Daily Herald; Angie Morris, Partner at Hawkins, Cloward and Simister; and, Lynell Smith, Deputy Director of Operations at the Housing Authority of Utah County.

All three women worked their way up from entry level positions. Each started with different levels of education and experience, but all three had similar advice to those wishing to work their way up through the company.

  • Learn the politics of your organization and learn how to work with or around them in a positive way.
  • Soak up information – be a spongeRona and Angie
  • Learn from different people in the organization
  • Establish trust
  • Take initiative
  • “Own” whatever you’re given to do and go beyond your job description
  • Know where you want to be, what you want to be doing down the road
  • Stay at the same company if your goal/view matches (don’t jump ship)
  • Ask for feedback. You can’t change if you don’t know there’s a problem.
  • Success breeds success. Pick a mentor who’s successful.
  • As a mentor, have an open door and an open mind. Ask questions, but let them solve the problem themselves.

participants eat lunchIn today’s job market, it’s comforting to hear from those who have worked their way up. We hope you will find the Women’s Business Network helpful in finding other businesswomen to mentor you or that you can mentor.  Together, we can help each other to achieve success.  Next month’s luncheon is Nothing but Networking – make the most of this opportunity to meet other Utah Valley women in business.

Thank you to Mountain America Credit Union  for sponsoring our luncheon and also to our 2011 Angel Sponsor, the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation!


Would you like some recognition for your business?

If you or your organization would like to sponsor WBN events, contact Alison Dyer at  Or, you can simply bring a door prize of at least $5 value (in addition to any service discounts, if applicable) to the luncheon and we’ll mention your donation at the giveaway!


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