Meridith Elliott Powell: Secrets for Getting Others To Create Opportunities for You

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In today’s interview, hear from Meridith Elliott Powell, a business strategist, keynote speaker, and award-winning author who was voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch.

Listen as she talks about how she worked her way up from an entry-level position to becoming a notable C-Suite executive whose career expands over several industries. She also explains how she rose up the ranks not through drive alone, but through connections and strategic sacrifices.

Meridith also speaks of the most important leadership skill she ever learned, and how it helped her career really take off. She then touches on working with Millennials and gender diversity, and how her new book “Own It: Redefining Responsibility” provides solutions in engaging people of different backgrounds.

By being ready to invest in others and open to growth, Meridith shows how to put yourself in a position to be wildly successful while remaining motivated for the right cause.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

• How to climb up the ladder in the corporate world.
• The importance of connecting with other people the right way.
• What female executives can do to set themselves apart in a male-dominated industry.
• How leaders and employees can cultivate a culture of true employee engagement.


• My career just kept growing because of who I connected with, inside and outside of any organization I have ever worked for.
• At the end of the day, the only way to get whatever it is that you want in life is to ask for it.
• If you can define your vision, point everybody at that vision, and get them to buy into that vision, you will watch your employees become engaged.
• As women, we need to take responsibility for things that we want and walk through that.

Big Takeaways:

• Going up the corporate ladder is not just about drive. It is also about making good connections with people who may just give you opportunities to grow.
• You just cannot assume that people already know how to help you. If you really want something, whether in career or in daily life, you have to ask for it.
• With today’s economic shifts, leaders have to keep their employees engaged to keep productivity up. Good leaders do this by making people buy into their own clear vision.

Related Links & References:

• Meridith’s Twitter handle:
• Meridith’s Linkedin:
• Meridith’s official website:
• Own It: Redefining Responsibility by Meridith Elliott Powell:

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