“You Think You’re Too Small to Make a Difference?” Leadership Wisdom from Jill Dumain of Patagonia

November 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm Leave a comment

Contributed by Dr. Sarah
Jill Dumain, Director of Environmental Strategy at Patagonia, is an unlikely leader in that her college degree was in textiles.
On November 6, 2013, Jill joined us for a Spheres of Influence Virtual Roundtable in which she shared her down-to-earth insights into how we can all become leaders.
She shares her insights into the value of perseverance and collaboration in working with stakeholders who don’t want to change– and resistance to change is human.  She also offers her pearls of wisdom about launching a career in sustainability, with the recommendation that we find opportunities in whatever field we feel passionate about, and then find ways to make ourselves valuable sustainability resources within that role.
Jill wisely  quoted the Dalai Lama: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.” Thank you, Jill, for reminding us that we all have spheres of influence, however big or small.

We also hear from emerging leaders at NetImpact and Bard’s MBA Program as well as seasoned leader, Melissa O’Mara who has championed sustainability first at IBM and how at Schneider Electric.

Sustainability guru Gil Friend, CEO of NaturaLogic, adds his wisdom as well, and reminded us that the three pillars of leadership are “curiosity, love and courage.” When was the last time you heard love invoked in a business context?
When was the last time you heard “love” being talked about in connection with business leadership?
Listen in to be inspired by Gil Friend of NatuaLogic and Jill Dumain of Patagonia!
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We’d love your thoughts on sustainability leadership! Post a comment!

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