Louise has an extensive background in the automotive industry, with over 30 years at a major automotive manufacturer , most recently as a national trainer. She spent the majority of her career dedicated to increasing competencies and performance in financial services offices. Currently running her own consulting business, she is a proven and respected trainer, executive coach, moderator, speaker and training/messaging content creator. Focused on resolving profit gaps, and strengthening the customer experience to increase loyalty and retention, Louise works collaboratively with her clients to map and reinforce what works, and retool what no longer serves their best interests. As a Porsche enthusiast, Louise also currently holds the title of Membership Director for the PCA Rennsport Region.
What achievement or contribution are you most proud of?
Everytime I can help someone realize an ah-ha moment of any kind that acts as a catalyst to them moving towards a more successful position in their business or personal goals, it’s incredibly gratifying! That and finally getting my second Porsche after 21 Porscheless years in between.
What’s one thing you can attribute to your success?
Not shying away from the truth. This applies to situations, projects, and personal development. Seeing things as they truly are from a viewpoint of fact-based neutrality really allows the gap between what you want and what the current situation is to be bridged, accommodated, or rejected/reworked more smoothly.
What is the most surprising fact about you?
I can eat my weight in MacDonald’s fries! (Maybe not exactly, but I’ll bet pretty close!)
Who is your inspiration?
Karl Lagerfeld. His work ethic, visionary talent, taste, fearlessness, path to self-actualization, career longevity, and contribution to the fashion world was tremendous.
How do you celebrate your success?
I buy myself a little gift that delights me. I used to never celebrate my successes, merely moving onto the next project, but that really doesn’t help savor the moment.
What would be a good theme song for your life?
Roam by the B52s. Until I recently realized that it wasn’t actually about travel!
What advice would you give to other women who are starting out in their career journey?
Cultivate a strong work ethic. Bring fresh ideas to meetings. Don’t be afraid to fail: everything is just a pilot project until you find the best solution to the challenge or situation. And become savvy with office politics, even if you hate them. They are critical to your advancement.
What is the one thing you knew before you started your career?
I knew that my superpowers were talking to people and describing things. I just didn’t know that I could make a career out of them in the corporate world!
How do you find balance?
I go on a long drive and I think. Mulling things over behind the wheel with some good tunes playing does wonders for the soul! (The correct answer is exercise though, isn’t it?)
What are you most afraid of?
Emotional pain. And tent caterpillars.
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?
I love going for drives, and do so as often as possible. I don’t need a destination, I just need a road. And in that vein, travel tops my list of favorite things as well.
Which Superhero would you be?
Storm. She rocks that silver hair!
What has been the biggest learning experience of your life?
Realizing the power of the word “no”. That being overly agreeable and accommodating will get you walked over, whereas setting boundaries will get you respected.