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Darlene Drew: Don't Count Me Out Because I'm on a Mission to Make an Impact Everywhere I Go

You won't make it!" This was one of the first things I was told as a young probationary correctional officer. It was followed by, "Why is a cute little gal like you working in a place like this!" If those statements were intended to discourage me, they didn't. They ignited unyielding determination to succeed and to help develop others throughout my career. Upon advancing to serve as a Chief Executive Officer (Warden), the questions continued, such as, "What should we call you?" Making it a teachable moment, my response was, "What did you call the guy before me?" Warden they said, I responded, that works!" Equipping those whom I have the privilege to lead has always been my priority. Why? Because our teams deserve it. Leadership is adding value to people even amid instances where staff resist growth. It requires shifting the growth trap of "We've always done it this way!" Without it, the costs are high and the consequences are dire and unforgiving. It shows up in poor production, lower performance outcomes, absenteism, high turnover and litigation. As a Leadership Expert, I can help you build your team and solve issues that derail targeted goals. I'm ready to utilize my expertise, as a leader who started at the entry level and grew to be one of the most respected Chief Executive Officers within the organization. Equipping others to lead and those who are experienced to lead more effectively is one of the primary services that we deliver. I am a gifted, strong and passionate Speaker. I have served as a Keynote Speaker for a wide spectrum of organizations to include, but not limited to Brenau University, Cooper Lighting, Scouts of America, and Women Source, to name a few. Some of my accomplishments include: Development of the first and most unique twelve month MASTER'S Leadership Training Program of its kind; Implementation of: Peer 2 Peer Mentoring Program at two Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities, of the Management Negotiation Team at four Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities and the North Central Region, Labor Management Relations Coach collateral assignment, Search Evidence Recovery Team, and revamping of the Staff Mentoring Program, to name a few revised programs under my leadership. As a subject matter expert in Labor Relations, I've provided training to newly selected and tenured managers as well as being an expert resource to other Wardens, helping them by providing solutions to labor management problems. We equip others to lead effectively. We're excited and ready to help you grow your team! Let's grow! Connect with Darlene Drew: Website: LinkedIn: Connect with Dr. George James: Website: | Instagram: Facebook: LEAPCast Community: Twitter: YouTube: LinkedIn: Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.

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