Event Recap: Impactful Leadership

On March 24, 2021, the Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) hosted their annual March event virtually called Impactful Leadership: Ways to Make A Difference While Paving Your Own Path. There were over 120 people in attendance from across the United States.

The event started with our WLF President, Deanna Drnevich, sharing the WLF’s updated mission statement and open membership model. The organization’s mission has always been about advancing the development and growth of women and will continue to be in the future with an expanded reach. We have opened up our membership from the Greater Philadelphia area to nation-wide and from sponsoring companies to also include individual women hoping to grow their professional networks and develop their careers.

The New WLF Mission Statement

The mission of the WLF is to advance the development, growth and sustainability of professional women by providing networking opportunities, supporting career development, and championing engaging conversations.

Our emcee, Kaphesia Jones, introduced our keynote speaker, Allison Reichert, MSL as a triple threat: keynote speaker, leadership coach, and learning and development professional. She spoke about impactful leadership through her own personal stories, common industry trends, quotes from poets and presidents, and lyrics from popular Broadway musicals.

Attendees networked in breakout rooms and discussed what leadership means to us. Groups discussed how character traits such as being caring, accountable, and a connector are traits that are common and admired in leaders. And Allison summed up our conversation well with, “Leaders connect. Leaders motivate. Leaders inspire.”

Allison shared her 8 pillars of leadership and explained the difference between managers and leaders. Managers manage things, leaders lead people. She talked about common pitfalls that people come up against in their careers such as managers consistently comparing you to other employees, as well as how your personal brand is so much more than just your elevator pitch and what you wear – it’s about how you show up. She shared her own personal journey of how she strategically built her network in order to help build her career in the direction she wanted it to go. She reminded everyone that when you are a leader, “set people up for success, never failure.”

If you are interested in continuing your own leadership development, Allison has created a book recommendation guide, which you can download here:

Allison Reichert, MSL Leadership Book Re
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Thank you so much for everyone who was able to attend the event, it was great to see everyone virtually and we look forward to connecting soon! If you are interested in being on the WLF mailing list to stay up to date on our upcoming events, please email us at womensleadershipforum@outlook.com.

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​​The mission of the Women’s Leadership Forum of Greater Philadelphia is to advance the development, growth and sustainability of women’s networks and initiatives in companies throughout the Greater Philadelphia region by sharing their professional insight, supporting other networks, and influencing the companies on diverse issues.​​​​​


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