SUMMIT SPOTLIGHT: Gail Stanger

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VP of Client Services, Netgain

 2019 Women Of Influence Summit | Sorry, Not Sorry Video Series

As we prepare for #Summit2019 we thought it would be fun for all you to get to know our speakers. So we've interviewed each one to share a little about them and what they are looking forward to at this years Women of Influence Summit! Read below to learn a little about Gail Stanger! 

Tell us about your education and career path:

I have always set goals for myself for continuous learning. Early in my career, I completed courses at several colleges while juggling being a wife and mother of two. Participating in webinars, conferences and leveraging knowledge from my peers and mentors has helped me grow both personally and professionally.   

What is the best part of your job?

The people of course and organizational effectiveness. Helping my team members set goals and look for ways to organize workflow and structures to ensure we are striving for our best and challenging each other.  I enjoy seeing people grow their confidence and building their passions to be successful in the work they love to do.   

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I grew up in the city and found out ten years into our marriage that my husband’s dream was to  buy his family farm and becoming a farmer. I like to say I am “The Farmers Wife,”  meaning that is his job and I supported his dream but I am not much of a farmer. We love living on the farm and I respect his work and all the work our farmers do to provide food for the world.   

What is your favorite family tradition?

We have a few on my husband’s side of the family and my side of the family. My favorite time of the year to celebrate is Christmas. Getting my nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers together to bake cookies and at times we have had 45 people running around in my house. I have found frosting months later in the oddest of places. 

Opening the cabin for the summer is filled with lots excitement as well including floaties to jump in the lake with.

Making bouji from the garden leftovers – while I don’t do much of the work to make this happen it is a family tradition we all enjoy.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Costa Rica – It was a trip that came after a very hard time in my life and it was just what I needed to spend time with my sisters, brothers and nieces and nephews. It is a beautiful country with great people and culture. 

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

I have always enjoyed walking and swimming. It is my quiet time to ponder and enjoy the world around me and be THANKFUL to God for the life he has given me.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 

The support and love from my husband to pursue my career, my children and grandchildren.  There is nothing better. 

How has Next Monday been of value to you and your career?

With eyes wide open, I continue to learn just how hard it is to be vulnerable - the quest to show up even when I cannot predict the outcomes. It's uneasy and lovely all at the same time.

What is your favorite memory from past Summit events?

I showed up at the 2017 Summit a hot mess; ready to  cry and run at the same time. It was then that I discovered a beautiful, thoughtful network of curious, intelligent and remarkable women on a journey. I joined an EPG, and I have not looked back. 

What are you looking forward to at the 2019 Women of Influence Summit?

Honestly, conquering a milestone in speaking... and giving my heart and soul to others. I love what the Summit has given to me in previous years, and I hope that I can inspire this year's attendees and the overall experience. Let the sparks fly!

What are you hoping to share with fellow attendees at the Women of Influence Summit?

Life is complicated and beautiful all at the same time; it's reflective of the fact that we are loving, listening, leading human beings. You should feel this at the Summit, and you should leave with an appreciation for yourself... and a little bit of forgiveness and a whole lot of kick-ass gumption. WE are worth it, and more deserving than we sometimes know or feel. 
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