Lunch and Learn - Heather Schoegler
On Friday, Andrew, the other interns, and I enjoyed our last Lunch and Learn of the summer with Heather Schoegler. Heather is the Director of Community Engagement for Parkview Health and plays quite a few other roles in the Fort Wayne community as well. We all enjoyed talking with her about the topics of networking and women in leadership over a delicious lunch at
Paula's on Main.
Heather provides a great example of a woman who's thought much about how to balance a successful career with family life. Since Holly, Bethany, and I are all women hoping to take on business careers in the near future, we valued the opportunity to learn about how Heather has sought this balance. One piece of her advice that I found particularly valuable was the importance of saying "no." The way one manages time looks different for each individual, but we must know our own limitations and stick to those limits. Heather mentioned that, as a mother, while she is not able to attend ten different out-of-town conferences every year, she can say "yes" to three. She also encouraged us to think about the consequences that might result when we say "yes" or "no" and to remember that some of those consequences might be positive, not negative. We need to be willing to accept whatever consequences come from our decisions. Heather's willingness to set these boundaries has contributed to her achieving a successful career, obtaining leadership positions in community organizations, and a having a strong family life.
Before our lunch and learn, we interns had noticed that Heather knows many people around Fort Wayne and has a well established network. For this reason, we also wanted to gain some knowledge from her about networking. She mentioned that she's involved as either a board member or in an alternate position with a handful of community organizations in Fort Wayne. These roles outside of work have contributed to the growth of her network and her career success. Heather does not just use this network for personal gain, but she uses it to connect others. For example, she might not be one to work on NeighborLink projects that require a lot of manual labor, but she can tell her friends who enjoy that work about opportunities with our organization. Heather also told us about a book called
Love is the Killer App, by Tim Keller, that has greatly influenced her approach to networking. I look forward to reading the book soon, but Heather explained that the "Lovecat" theory is about freely sharing our intangibles - our knowledge, our network, and our compassion. Heather seems to embody the willingness to share all of these things, and her generosity allows her to serve a lot of the people she's connected with.
We all left our Lunch and Learn with Heather encouraged by her example as a successful Christian business woman, and we hope to one day honor the Lord through our careers and our generosity as well.
Thank you, Heather!
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