Season 2, Episode 5 | The Power Of Self Reflection: Creating Change Across Your Life

Episode 5 | The Power Of Self Reflection

When is the last time that you truly stopped, and gave yourself room to reflect?

Self reflection is practice that might not be easy for many of us, but when practiced consistently can be used for very positive growth. Knowing yourself, your strengths, and what’s going on internally can become a source of confidence in the long run. 

Which is what guest Christen Smith, Vice President of Federal Health & Civilian Market at LMI, joins me to talk through in this episode. Her transitions and own professional journey from The Peace Corps, an entry level position, and eventually onto VP is both inspiring as well as insightful.

 Listen in as Christen shares how she followed her own passions through self reflection, while learning how to translate her brand across the journey. 

  • 3:05: Christen’s background & professional journey 
  • 7:35: Her transition from the Peace Corps
  • 10:30: How Christen struggled with her transition into consulting and what she did about it
  • 12:24: Translating your brand into the world that you’re working in
  • 16:05: Advice for her younger self. 
  • 21:40: Christen’s habits and practices to give herself room to reflect
  • 25:15: What defines her leadership brand
  • 31:20: An example of how she balances her career and life, and the importance of champions
VP LMI Christen Smith

Christen serves on the executive leadership team of LMI, a mission-oriented consultancy that provides management and advisory services, logistics strategy and support, and digital and analytic solutions to federal government agencies. In her 9 years with LMI, she has grown up through the consulting ranks and held many positions, including as the inaugural leader of LMI’s management and advisory services business line.

Currently, as Vice President for LMI’s Health and Civilian Market, Christen manages business and growth strategy and oversees project delivery to federal agencies with health and civilian missions.

Christen holds a bachelor’s in public health from Clemson University and a master’s in public affairs, with a certificate in health and health policy, from Princeton University. She serves on the associate board of Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia, a non-profit that empowers pre-adolescent and adolescent girls by building their skills and confidence through a physical activity-based curriculum.

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Melissa Dawn Simkins Coined “The First Lady of Personal Branding”, Melissa is the CEO of Velvet Suite, a trusted advisor to Fortune 100s, C-Suite executives and influencers, highly-sought after keynote speaker on leadership innovation, a contributor to and a frequent guest on news and business media, including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Essence, Black Enterprise and more.

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