“When working to make an impact for a population that doesn’t come from the same background as you, you need to reach out and admit you’re there to learn. Then, you need to learn from them by soliciting and taking their advice. When my husband and I started Talent Beyond Boundaries, the people we were working with trusted us because we didn’t pretend to be something we weren’t, and we deeply value their input to this day. You need to learn from the experts and not assume you know it all just because you’re a smart lawyer or because you’ve had a successful career.”
This radical approach earned Mary Louise credibility both with the people she serves and with her team. Above all, it taught her that curiosity is disarming. As Mary Louise gained more trust from her stakeholders, Talent Beyond Boundaries refined the value proposition of what the organization offers to companies looking to hire skilled talent and has helped over 430 refugees on the path to securing a job and visa in a new country so that they can start rebuilding their lives.
By admitting she didn’t know everything, Mary Louise turned her InhibitHER into an ActivateHER and learned the skills of questioning, listening, and observing. Those skills helped pave her way into being a more effective leader in an industry where she was not an “expert.” According to Mary Louise, she gained the confidence to lead and grow her purpose-driven organization through the following ways:
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