Women in the corporate world are often told that they have to put their work before everything else in order to be successful or in order to climb the corporate ladder, they can’t “be difficult”.
In today’s episode of the Leading Lady podcast, I sat down with Susan Shingledecker to hear the incredible story of how she knew her worth and values and stood up for herself, even when it was uncomfortable.
Susan is Executive Director of Earth Science Information Partners, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the use of data to solve our planet’s greatest challenges. She leads a community of the world’s leading Earth Science data professionals from federal and state agencies, leading academic research institutions, and private sector technology firms.
Together they work to ensure that the data we need to understand the health of our planet is findable, accessible, interoperable, and usable by all who need them. Susan has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience with both national and regional organizations and a diverse 20-year career in the environmental field spanning international consulting, federal and state public policy, state government, outdoor recreation, and conservation experience.
Prior to joining ESIP, Susan served as Vice President and Director of Programs for Chesapeake Conservancy, a regional conservation organization based in Annapolis, MD dedicated to restoring the health of the nation’s largest estuary and connecting people to the Bay. Before that, she served as Vice President for the BoatU.S. Foundation.
Susan holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from American University. She lives in Severna Park, MD. In her free time, Susan loves spending time sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and two boys.
In Today’s Episode We Discuss:
- Susan’s story and career journey
- Why you need to advocate for your worth and needs
- Chasing after what you really want
- Surviving and thriving after difficulties in the workplace
It took Susan five years of progress, opportunity, living, and transformation to realize that everything happens for a reason. Having the courage to stand up and advocate for your worth can be scary but it can open doors you never expected.
I hope you found Susan’s story as inspiring as I did and that you feel encouraged to stand up for yourself, your beliefs, and your worth even when it isn’t the easiest thing to do. Just doing that can be the difference between you achieving your wildest dreams and you not achieving your wildest dreams.
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