Fearless Leaders Series: Laura Mignott
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
AS CEO of DFlash, a New York-based event marketing & production company, and creator and host of the highly rated Reset Podcast, Laura Mignott is a creative storyteller with a strategic mindset and relentless hustle. She's affectionately known as the #Bosslady who believes in hard work, good karma and a warm smile. Laura is our newest Fearless Leader to share her lessons learned on the road to success. Please read on and watch our follow up Facebook interview.
Self-advocacy is one of the toughest areas for women based on Wet Cement survey findings. But if we don’t advocate for ourselves, we won’t be able to fulfill our missions. What is the biggest professional challenge you had to overcome and how did you do it?
Running a business by myself for the last four years.
We love Webster's definition of courage: "Strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty." What advice would you give to your 13-year old self when it comes to acting courageously?
Don't be afraid. Your ideas are awesome and the fact that you understand the "weird kids" will come in handy when you're an adult.
We believe confidence is beautiful. All of us stumble sometimes when it comes to feeling confident in our careers. What do you do to overcome self-doubt or Impostor Syndrome when it starts to creep in?
I look in the mirror and say “I got this” about three times.
Research shows girls lose 30% of their confidence between the ages of 9-13. What advice would you give your 13-year old self?
You are fearless and can do anything.
Assertive and effective communication is a key skill for success. What is one of the most important attributes of your communication style that has helped you achieve your goals?
I always lead with empathy and listen.
What advice would you give to your 13-year old self when it comes to being a confident communicator?
It's ok if you stutter. Take your time--what you have to say is important & listen.
Networking is critical for career growth and success, especially for women. What is your secret to building win-win relationships?
I'm nice to people. I make them feel comfortable. I smile a bunch.
Wet Cement research shows that women are not as comfortable as men when it comes to taking control of difficult conversations and feeling empowered at work. How do you overcome any barriers—internal or external—to take control in challenging situations?
I lead by listening and then make my points clearly and to the point.
We want to celebrate the accomplishments of Fearless Leaders. When you look back on your career, what are you most proud of?
Building a business that has impacted more people than I ever realized it could.
We are profiling Fearless Women but it’s important to recognize that men can be critical advocates and mentors for women throughout their professional journey. What have you learned about gender roles and inclusivity over the course of your career?
I've had the pleasure of working with amazing white men who have been some of my best advocates and clients over the years. They each used their access to open doors for me because they knew I could get the job done. We need more men to be like those men--see great women and hire, pay and advocate for them. Most importantly, trust black women and you’ll be fine.
What is your ‘mission’ or the work you are most excited about that you are currently focused on?
Empowering more women, especially black women, in their careers.
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Please let us know if there is anything else important you would like to share?
I would love to be a part of the Fearless Leader series!