Today, is Winning with Women Wednesday and over the past week we had the opportunity to speak with Mary Adelman. Mary Adelman is the driven and dedicated, President for the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO). NJAWBO is the largest statewide women business owners’ organization in New Jersey. Its primary objective is to support and encourage business ownership by women. Since 1978, NJAWBO has helped women achieve their business visions by providing them with the tools to develop and grow their enterprises.
Get to Know Mary
Name: Mary Adelman
Education: A.A.S. Business Administration – County College of Morris and Attending Caldwell University currently
Company/Organization: NJAWBO – New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners
Position: State President
Time with Organization: 12 years
Company Headquarters: Hightstown, NJ
Total number of members: 378
Mary, can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
That person would be Marian Sabety, because when I first started my career she threw every challenge at me and kept pushing me forward. She did it in such a way that you wanted to succeed and if you slipped it was not for lack of trying, but with encouragement that kept me going. She taught me everything I know today in building business relationships, closing deals, negotiating, and encouraging people to take on more responsibility. She taught me that there was a strong connection to the passion of what one is doing professionally that drives one to do well.
What is one of the most important decisions you make a as leader for the NJAWBO?
Ensuring that our members are receiving the value for their membership, while staying true to our mission. We are approached by many organizations to partner and we review those partnerships with integrity and what is best to move the organization forward.
Where do the great ideas come from within NJAWBO?
From the membership and the Board of Trustees. We all run businesses and are facing day-to-day challenges all the time, but we also do a lot of research, by reading and staying current with what is happening in the marketplace. This ensures that we bring the solution to any business member in the organization. Our members are constantly reaching out to the state for assistance and also looking to their NJAWBO sisters for solutions.
How do you and other leaders in NJAWBO communicate the “core values”?
This is done through communication in our BottomLine, Regional Meetings, one-on-one discussions, strategic partnerships, and many other ways. We have a saying in NJAWBO, “We all bleed TEAL.”
What are three characteristics you believe every leader should possess?
Honesty, creativity, and the ability to inspire others.
What is one mistake you see leaders make more frequently than others?
Not driving change and developing talent within their organizations.
Can you explain the impact, if any, that social networking and Web 2.0 has made on NJAWBO or you personally?
Social networking has allowed the organization to connect with other women business owners, that might not have been able to join the organization, but still want to stay connected. Our members post useful information that can assist a business owner, for example, a challenge that they may be facing and need assistance with. For me personally, it has enabled me to pass on my knowledge to business owners of resources that are available to them because of our tax dollars at work.
What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?
- Find a mentor or a business colleague that you want to aspire to and be sure to checkout www.mentorship.org
- Read publications that are well respected in the business community.
- Look for training organizations such as Dale Carnegie, Toast Masters, or other Professional Organizations within the industry you are looking to succeed.
What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Listen to your instincts and do your homework on issues. Always look for the solution and assemble the team that can help you execute it.
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