Founder/President of The GLOW Movement, LLC and the GLOW Getter Foundation, Inc.
Texas A&M University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business
A little about Sloan…
Sloan Reid is the proud wife to her husband, Drew, and devoted mom to their son Ryder. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Political Science and Business. She has since earned several certifications in leadership development from Cornell University in Executive Leadership, High Performance Leadership, and Servant Leadership. Sloan has experience in executive coaching, recruiting, client relations, concierge banking, health and wellness (certifications in both fitness and nutrition), business strategy, pageantry, marketing, management and servant leadership.
Sloan is the founder of The GLOW Movement and the GLOW Getter Foundation. Through both of these organizations she is committed to empowering others to understand their true value and achieve their greatest potential. She also leads a team of ambassadors that inspire and empower their communities all over the country to serve and make a difference one initiative at a time.
Sloan is a member of Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, Women’s Fund, and Junior League. She also volunteers with Girls Inc., Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, The Salvation Army, Chattanooga Food Bank, along with several other organizations at the local, state, and national level.
What motivates you?
I want to make a difference… I believe my biggest motivator is my desire to serve others and feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself. I’m often teased that I’m a natural encourager and I will believe in you until you believe in yourself. This is probably a big reason why so much of what I do is helping others fuel their spark and glow. I am a huge believer in the ripple effect of empowerment and I am highly motivated by doing my small part.
When you’re not working, where and how do you spend your time?
Away from work, I spend a lot of my time with my family. We love to spend time together hiking, kayaking, painting, swimming, sliding down “cardboard hill,” exploring this incredible city, and are huge fans of kitchen counter dance parties. My three-year old’s current favorite song is “What a Man Gotta Do” by the Jonas Brothers which he will be more than happy to serenade you with at the top of his lungs. I also have a great passion for volunteering and am a member of several organizations in the Chattanooga area.
What advice do you have for women aspiring to be leaders in their field?
Envision the type of leader you want to be and show up as her every single day. When we start seeing ourselves as leaders and start making decisions and creating habits that serve that vision, others will begin to see it as well. One of the most important realizations I have learned, in my own journey to be the leader I want to be, is the understanding that personal and professional development is ongoing. As we grow as leaders, we gain new skills and resources for our tool box, and being open and humble enough to continue to seek those opportunities for growth is essential.
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?
I have been extremely fortunate to have had several people in my life who have invested in me as a leader, especially women. However, one moment that I believe positively impacted me was when I was fired from my first corporate job after just three months. Ironically, I was let go over a terrible misunderstanding that was heightened by complete miscommunication. The worst part of the entire situation was that I was too inexperienced and insecure to stand up for myself. While this situation completely shook my confidence for quite some time, I believe this is the moment that really clarified my purpose. I now work to help empower leaders, especially women, to truly understand who they are and what they believe in so they may live boldly and authentically.
What has been your proudest moment in your career?
One of my proudest moments was hosting the GLOW Getter Gala and Awards through our nonprofit the GLOW Getter Foundation. This was a creative black-tie fundraising dinner, where we celebrated three phenomenal women whose positive impact will ripple for generations to come. It was such an honor to be able to invest in their mission with the GLOW Getter Awards and with a donation in their name for each of their causes. Our previous GLOW Getters included Anissa Neubauer with the Olive Branch Foundation, Christine McAlister with Miles With Maeve, and our GLOW Getter of the Year, Amy Hehre with OVI Children’s Hospital. The gala was also an incredible fundraiser for our Spark Change Initiative Scholarship, designed to inspire and invest in future leaders of all ages who have a desire to grow and glow. This event also allowed us to highlight the businesses and communities invested in the celebration of glowing women, and my dream is to hopefully and humbly bring this event to Chattanooga.
What strides do you think members can take to make more of a difference in women’s leadership issues in the local community?
I believe the best thing we can do as women is show up, speak up, and lift others up… aka the ultimate glow up. I mentored a young woman recently who just graduated and is in the process of searching for a new job. She was excited to be offered a position at a very prestigious company, only to find out a male classmate of hers, who she ironically tutored, was offered over one and a half times the salary she was presented. While I was proud of her for negotiating and especially for walking away when they countered with poor excuses opposed to valid reasons for the gap, I was heartbroken that the next generation of women are still facing these injustices. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made; however, we owe it to not only future women, but the women who made so many sacrifices for that progress to keep fighting. As women we have a tendency to stand up for others before ourselves, but I believe that when we stand up for what we deserve we are making a bigger impact than we realize.
How would you best describe the benefit found in joining this organization?
There were many reasons I was drawn to Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, but the biggest impact has been the relationships. Although I am a newer member, I have already experienced the strong desire the women involved have to empower each other. Plus, the organization offers many opportunities to allow women to make an investment in their own personal and professional development while building a network of impeccable women. I personally am most excited about the opportunity to participate in this year’s Game ChangeHer Program, which I believe embodies what this group is all about… empowered women empowering women.