The Brimful Life podcast, produced in partnership with BizTimes Milwaukee, makes business personal by getting to know inspiring leaders you should know. My guests are CEOs and leaders who are achieving business success by putting people and culture first. I chat with them about their “why”, their leadership journeys and lessons learned along the way. Tune in to hear stories and advice from leaders who will inspire you to be your best and to bring out the best in others.
Ian Abston is co-founder of Light the Hoan. The future of Milwaukee depends on helping young people feel like Milwaukee is a place where big ideas can come to life. That’s what Light the Hoan is all about. Ian shares how he’s been able to mobilize a city around a bold new idea and gives advice to all young Milwaukeeans with the next big idea.
In this special edition podcast about leadership during crisis, I interview Wendy Baumann, Chief Vision Officer for Wisconsin Women Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC).
Wendy describes herself as being born not just a glass half full type of person, but as a glass almost completely spilling over. “I don’t need coffee in the morning”, Wendy says. “I’m just ready to start”!
Wendy’s natural optimism and knowing that WWBIC is a critical part of the economic solution during the pandemic motivates Wendy and her team to work especially hard these days. “We are driven by how can we can help our thousands of clients keep their businesses going and survive”. Wendy explains that in times like these, she and her team have to be ready to move with flexible, creative and relevant solutions. “My answer is, “yes”, says Wendy. “We just need to figure out how”.
To help WWBIC team members remain strong and not burn out when they are needed the most, Wendy sends them personal letters and notes of encouragement and gift packages. “Those little things can be everything”, Wendy explains.