By TinuA on Apr 22, 2013
The kickoff event for OWL Czech Republic (Oracle Women's Leadership) is only hours away!
Since this is a new blog, a bit of background is warranted. OWL is a global leadership development program within Oracle. There are multiple communities or chapters around the world; but there was none in the Czech Republic until one phone meeting last December.
(Actually, the story goes back even further, but no matter....)
Skip ahead almost five months later, 100+ employees have registered to listen [over breakfast] to what I hope will be the first of many open and progressive conversations about leadership in Oracle Czech. The kickoff event itself will feature two keynote speakers: the new Country Leader Josef Svenda and the new OWL EMEA Leader Odile Gerard; as well as a panel discussion with four senior managers/directors in the company. The longer plan is to model OWL Czech Republic after the more established OWL EMEA communities that are already running fantastic initiatives and events for their members. Details to come in the months ahead.Life lesson: A bit of naivete can be a good thing. At the start I had very little idea what I was getting myself into or what I was to do for that matter. If I had had any inkling of the effort required there's a chance I would have opted to continue as a community of one, listening in my office to webcast replays from HQ.
Stepping up to start OWL Czech Republic has helped me in more ways than I could imagine--and so quickly too! I'm expanding my internal network; leading a team; using my creative and marketing skills in a different milieu; and learning to be a salesperson. And dare I add: I feel that I have a renewed vigor about my work.
It's been a heady two months of meetings and phone calls, pitches and planning to get this day here. Most of it would not be possible without local executive buy-in, the encouragement of OWL leadership in the US and across EMEA, and an awesome group of coworkers-volunteers who signed up to figure things out with me. I am very thankful for the support and collaboration, and I look forward to the good work and camaraderie to come with OWL Czech Republic.
(An early draft of an "invitation card" created for the launch; we ended up with three versions.)