Very / Director of Marketing


Emily Maxie


Director of Marketing

College/University Attended

Southern Adventist University

What is your favorite aspect of being a leader?

I love being able to work with a team to turn good ideas into great ones.

What advice do you have for women aspiring to be leaders in their field?

Act like a leader even if you’re not in a leadership position. People will take notice.

What does leadership mean to you?

I believe in servant leadership. No one will follow a leader who isn’t willing to get in the trenches and work hard alongside them.

Approximately how many years have you been involved with CWLI?

I’ve been involved with CWLI for 2 years.

On which committees have you participated?

I participated in the Marketing committee and am still involved with the Networking committee.

What is your most memorable/outstanding experience with CWLI?

Getting to meet amazing women with such diverse backgrounds is always a memorable experience.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?

My first female mentor was the first person to tell me I had leadership potential. Before meeting her, I’d never imagined being a manager because it didn’t feel like an option for me. Having someone of her status believe in me and mentor me helped me grow my leadership skills. She was also the person who recommended that I join CWLI. Her influence drastically changed my career path, and I am so thankful for her encouragement and guidance.

What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization?

I don’t think it’s really about big, important decisions. It’s about little decisions that add up to what kind of leader you become and what type of impact you have on your organization.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

Every leader needs to practice empathy.

What is the biggest challenge facing female leaders today?

The entrenched belief that women need to act like men in order to be successful leaders.