Melissa Brinkman

Episode 127: WE Forum: Women in Leadership: Building on Your Strengths


This week we break down a recent women’s entrepreneurial event in the community organized by Christine Beech of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Heather Holmes of Rochester Economic Development Inc. (RAEDI). This panel event was focused on “Women in Leadership- Building on your Strengths.” The panel featured five amazingly powerful women in the community including: Melissa Brinkman, CEO of Custom Alarm/Custom Communications; Lisa Clarke, Executive Director of the DMC Economic Development Agency; Kathleen Harrington, President of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce; Kim Norton, Mayor of Rochester; and Cindy Steinhauser, Director of Community Development with the City of Rochester. This was another amazing and much needed event for women entrepreneurs that touched on many topics including self-deprecation in women, tokenism, the value of mentorship, bad bosses, not asking permission, and embracing power to enact change. 

If you missed the event, of course listen in to this podcast for a recap! You can also watch the recorded Facebook live stream on the WE Forum #rochmn Facebook page.  


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