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Women in Leadership

March 30, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Women in Leadership – A Discussion for Everyone

Facilitated by Diane Adam and Emily Smith of Touchstone Central Coast.

Changing the opportunities for Women as Leaders through Leading with Love and operating with a Servants Heart. Servant leaders come to the table with different expectations. They prioritize their team and empower their team to do the best they can. Women, often, are the most effective and have a leadership advantage with this style of leadership.

The pandemic of 2020, unfortunately, has created a loss of nearly 3 million women in the workforce. This past year threatens to wipe out all the progress made over the last several decades to close the gender gaps and if not addressed will exacerbate existing inequalities. This presentation and panel discussion will provide an outline for Servant Leadership and how to support women in the workforce and create an environment that women want to work in.


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About the Facilitators:

Diane Adam

When I left a career in Clinical Laboratory Science I had a realization that I wanted to be with people more than with microscopes. The decision was easy then and I have been rewarded many times over with positive relationships and learning opportunities. I am always on the lookout for more!

A favorite saying at Touchstone is “we are all leaders in our own life” and Leading with Love means to me that I must endeavor to be a good colleague, friend, and human being. I strive to be empathetic, compassionate and receptive in my relationships and communications with people no matter the setting.

In my 20+ years as a community volunteer and non-profit leader, I have exercised honesty with my word and openness with my heart. Through a lens of empathy I have been able to prove myself in board rooms and work rooms alike. Important to my process is a collaborative spirit along with a dose of fun and creativity.

There is nothing like the feeling of being heard, acknowledged and validated. These feelings are especially important for me to foster during interactions with clients. As an active listener, I love to be present with individuals in terms of time and attention. I delight in opportunities to meet people where they are, in their work space and in their comfort zone. It is an honor to cultivate growth and teamwork as well as to connect talents of individuals with desired outcomes for themselves or for a group.

Whether I am leading a board of directors, making connections between people or being a worker bee, recognizing individuality and people’s unique value is top of mind. The people and organizations I have been privileged to serve say they appreciate my spirit, can do attitude and follow through.

Touchstone Central Coast is a dream realized and Leading with Love keeps that dream alive.


Emily Smith

As a professional in industry, a community-volunteer and with over 20 years of experience in education, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside and lead diverse group of teams and individuals.

Recognizing the power in on-going learning, growth and development, I consider myself a life-long learner. It is through this lens that I work with clients to discover a successful path in their life and work journey. One of my favorite quotes is “Your life is a story, make it a bestseller.” It is my goal to establish a trusting relationship that inspires, empowers and motivates clients to progress and succeed. I consider it an honor to assist clients in establishing clear goals, bringing awareness to underlying beliefs and committing to a measurable action plan, ultimately creating their own “bestseller.”

I have learned throughout my own journey, that we all have a personal story. When we work from the heart we listen more, taking time to understand one another. This results in more opportunities to learn and grow. Sharing and listening removes barriers. Leading with love may seem unconventional, but it is good for ANY organization or relationship. There is no business or life without people. When people thrive, so do your business and your relationships.

When you demonstrate caring approaches to work and life, people respond positively and more productively. Showing genuine concern and compassion for the people you share life with doesn’t diminish your respectability or reputation as a strong leader, but instead brings out the best in others while fostering an environment that is supportive and trusting. The result of practicing good leadership is high morale, good employee retention, and sustainable long-term success for you and those with whom you work with.

I look forward to working with you on your personal leadership journey – from the inside out.

Learn more about Touchstone Central Coast.



March 30, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
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