We had the good fortune of connecting with Tara Lehner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tara, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I’m here because I struggled with work life balance. I left corporate America burned out and excited to consult. The prospect of working less but getting paid more was exciting and I felt it would keep me on a reasonable schedule. I was floored when 3 months into consulting I was burned out again. That’s when I realized building resilience to burnout is an inside job. I started reading and practicing everything I could find and became passionate about helping other women to learn what I had, without the repeated burnout.
What should our readers know about your business?
Lasting change takes time and in PowerWith Co., we offer women in leadership a one year group coaching program that combines this effective modality with a training platform and unlimited accountability. Our long term mission is to advance equality both through our coaching and continued education and in advancing policy changes that lead to equality.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spot is walking around La Jolla or sitting on the beach early in the morning.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people! Linda Dunton, now retired, was the first leader that began to teach me how to lead – she started me on a journey of self-awareness and EQ growth. Kristen Quigley embodies poise and sophistication like no other and was the amazing lady who launched me into consulting. As I’ve continued to refine my business, so many amazing people have crossed my paths both actually, virtually and through their writing. I am forever indebted to Brene Brown (in particular for Daring to Lead), Simon Sinek (in particular for the Infinite Game), Elizabeth Lesser for Cassandra Speaks and Ibram X. Kendi for How to Be an Anti-Racist.
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