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Kathrine Switzer and the Boston Marathon: A Lesson in Empowerment

What can Kathrine Switzer teach us about empowerment?

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group.

This week was the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Boston is unlike any other marathon; the course, the crowds, and its history make it unique.

This year was especially significant– it was the 50th anniversary of the first woman to finish the race as an official entrant. In 1967, Kathrine Switzer entered the race using her initials K.V. Despite being tackled and nearly forced from the course in the first two miles, she finished the race and made history.

Thanks to Kathrine’s brave accomplishment, women have officially entered and competed in Boston since 1976. On this anniversary, Kathrine was interviewed about women’s running and said,

“They’re running because they’re empowered. They’re running because their lives have been changed so positively by the sense of accomplishment and self-esteem they have gained from running.”

Whether we’re runners or not, Kathrine is an inspiration for all of us. Her words resonate: empowerment, accomplishment and self-esteem. Think about your personal or professional life. How are you empowered? How do you empower your employees? As a leader, how do you enable others to succeed and buoy self-esteem?

Kathrine had a coach who challenged her, she trained for the moment, and she believed in herself. At The Latimer Group, we seek to empower our clients every day. We help them increase confidence and reach their goals through improved communication. Whether you’re striving to achieve an athletic accomplishment or a professional one, think of Kathrine Switzer. Her determination and courage are reminders of how we can find success in the most unlikely of places.

At The Latimer Group, our individual Coaching services are highly customized and designed to help you achieve your specific goals. Typical engagements focus on developing skill sets in Leadership Communications, Public Speaking, and Executive-Level Business Presentations. To learn more, e-mail us at info@TheLatimerGroup.com

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United Airlines: Every Day is a Job Interview

Like many of you, I watched the video of the United Airlines passenger being dragged off a flight with horror and sadness. It was an awful scene, and for those of you who have not heard the story, here are the basics… passengers had boarded a flight in Chicago, bound for Louisville. It was a… Continue Reading

4 Communication Missteps Men Make in the Workplace

Earlier today, I had a LinkedIn conversation with a good friend named Bryan, who also happens to be a member of Latimer’s Board of Advisors. Bryan had read a recent blog post of ours about the language mistakes some women make in the workplace. And Bryan’s request and challenge to me was now to write… Continue Reading

3 Simple Changes to Give Your Meetings Fresh Perspective

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. This week our team sat around a conference table with a consultant and after half an hour, he looked at us and said, “Maybe we should pause this discussion.” It was an unusual situation; typically we’re brought in as consultants and… Continue Reading

What Happens When “The Plan” Falls Through?

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson People love to plan. Everyone has a plan. You can’t do anything in today’s world without a plan. But having a plan is only part of the equation… and I would say it is the easy part. The harder part of… Continue Reading

How to Align a Successful Team: Step 2

Last week, we wrote about the first step in aligning a successful team: Have a goal. Without a clear goal or mission, then the team will have no purpose, no idea where it is going. Sounds obvious, right? Sure it does. But in our experience, this seemingly obvious step gets missed all the time. There… Continue Reading

Be the Fearless Girl. Stare Down the Bull!

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. State Street Global Advisors pulled off a brilliant coup with its surprise installation of the “Fearless Girl” on Wednesday morning to acknowledge International Women’s Day. State Street has been advocating to increase the number of women in leadership roles and sitting on… Continue Reading

Petulance, Parenting, and the President

Earlier this morning, I was thinking about the way I coach clients. My colleagues and I always preach the important of message AND delivery. Message matters, first and foremost. But the way in which the message is delivered has a huge impact on the way the message is received. And then on my drive into… Continue Reading

Leadership Tips: When to Debate, When to Dictate

I’m working with an executive right now who has an interesting and engaging leadership style. He likes to collaborate, he likes dialogue, he wants to hear what people have to say. He allows lots of input, and seems to detest strict hierarchy. I like this style, actually, because it is similar to my own. But… Continue Reading

Parenting, Professionalism, Principles, and Personal Accountability

(Note: This post was originally published in June of 2016, but as many people are setting new goals for a new year, we thought it was worth revisiting. Enjoy!) My wife and I were recently organizing a box of keepsakes we have been collecting over the last few years. Birth announcements, first report cards, self… Continue Reading

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