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The kind of left turn that changes everything? Perhaps it’s an unexpected career shift, a personal or family illness, divorce or toxic leadership at work?
These types of challenges can be completely life-changing and put us in a relentless self-survival mode that causes us to question the core of who we really are.
Gracious and Strong is an essential guide for facing into adversity and making hard-right decisions that lead to life-changing opportunities.
Celia’s personal stories of her life and career are at the core of this book. She shares practical insights for you to apply to your own leadership journey. You will learn how to:
More importantly, this book will teach you what it means to adopt a ‘Gracious and Strong’ leadership style that will help you experience a life well-led.
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"Gracious and Strong is the perfect title for a book authored by Celia Swanson. Celia graciously instills confidence as a strong leader, no matter the circumstances. In the book, she thoughtfully shares personal experiences from her corporate and philanthropic life and provides broad insight to help others become ‘servant leaders.’ An inspiring read."
Celia is an inspiration to associates across our company. Her authenticity shines through in her story-telling and she has a brilliant way of connecting her life lessons to everyday challenges we all face as leaders. She has a unique ability to coach senior executives using direct and honest feedback helping them face into behaviors and situations that are limiting their success. She arms you with ideas that make you better.
Celia Swanson is an authentic leader with a bias for execution and the courage to influence change. She is thoughtful, dynamic and engaging. Whether moderating a panel of experts or motivating a group of leaders, she works to create impact with CEOs and her peers. In a recent lively, energizing session, Celia interviewed a national thought leader, asking probing questions and adding actionable suggestions, as she helped prepare representatives of five boards to make difficult but necessary decisions.
I have had the honor of knowing Celia since 2003, first when we recruited her as a board member for our foundation during the capital campaign, then as an outstanding leader in our community with a heart for serving others. She is truly a gifted speaker and a woman of integrity and compassion. She speaks from the heart with true transparency and vulnerability, allowing those with whom she connects to learn valuable lessons on navigating life and on making a difference. You can trust that she will always give her personal and honest best, regardless of the situation and circumstances.
I’m a mom, board member, speaker and leadership consultant. I have worked in the retail industry for most of my career, which eventually led me to take on a glass-breaking role as the first female EVP at Walmart Stores, Inc.
For years, I experienced numerous left turns in my life and career. From career shifts to becoming a parent, I faced many challenges I thought were truly insurmountable.
Still, I managed to rise above overwhelming challenges, never having a path set by others before me of what it means to be a leader, mom and wife.
I’m a trailblazer. And I have been blazing trails for championing women, children’s health, community impact and helping leaders excel. Although I was never perfect, I did manage to achieve success and significance the best way I knew how.
I want to show you essential ways to rise above the very real obstacles women face in life and career and help you paint a powerful vision for how far you can really go! More importantly, I want to give you a plan to help you achieve success, lead authentically and thrive professionally.
There are so many ways to be a leader, but the one who rises above adversity, inspires others and achieves their full potential is a leader who is gracious and strong.
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