Tuesday morning, professionals from all around Hampton Roads gathered at The Founders Inn to be inspired by the area’s prominent women leaders. Inside Business’ “When Women Lead: Insights and Experience From Women in Power,” allowed Angela Reddix, founder of ARDX and Envision Lead Grow, to share some of her biggest lessons.
“Often times people don’t want to share their failures,” said Reddix. “It’s so powerful to be transparent with your team, with your peers, with your mentees about where you dropped the ball.”
The panel, hosted by Cathy Lewis, featured women with diverse backgrounds. Reddix was joined by Micky Nye, President and CEO of Farm Fresh, Barbara Wolcott, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty, and Andrea Kilmer, President and CEO of The ESG Companies and United States Management.
Mistakes and failures were a topic that came up numerous times during the event.
“I think it’s important that we give the gift of our lessons learned,” Reddix said.
The importance of mentoring for women was also discussed by all of the panelists. Reddix shared the story of her first mentor at one of her earliest positions.
“At 22, I learned it’s important to understand the needs of leadership,” she said, explaining how she grew close to the woman who was her manager. “That was, I believe, one of the first times I realized the power women had to open doors for other women.”
This message is one that has stuck with Reddix over the years, as she now tries to show through example how women can balance a successful career and a happy family to her associates at ARDX, and is now expanding the mission of helping other women with Envision Lead Grow.
“Three words: envision, lead, grow,” Reddix said. “Those are basically the lessons I’ve learned over the years.”
When asked what advice she would give to her daughter, Reddix was able to explain these words and the value each holds.
“Envision: there is something inside of you,” she said, elaborating on the importance of chasing the dream that is genuinely and authentically yours.
“Lead: leadership starts from within,” Reddix said. “And Grow. Grow where you’re planted. Enjoy the space that you’re in while you’re in that space, because you’ll never be there again.”