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Kristen Hadeed: Learning to Lead

Expanding the capacity of individuals to perform in leadership roles within organizations is a vital topic for community leaders. On Friday, November 15th, Women United, an affinity group of United Way St. Lucie County brought best-selling author Kristen Hadeed to the Sunrise Theatre Black Box.  Hadeed, author of Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong, and owner of Student Maid, a cleaning and concierge service committed to empowering the next generation of leaders, spoke on growing the capabilities of others, learning from past mistakes, and fear of making the wrong decisions. Hadeed has been featured on Forbes, PBS, TED Talks, and more.

Hadeed discussed how she started her company with no elaborate business plan or a simple three-step strategy and the only business goal was to make enough money to buy a pair of jeans that she couldn’t afford. It made a turn for the worse when 75% of her workforce walked out at the same time due to disorganization. It sounds strange but that experience made her the person she is today. The main message was to appreciate your mistakes and learn from them.

The Sunrise Theatre Black Box was packed with community members and leaders seeking knowledge on leadership and empowerment. Those in attendance included St. Lucie County Administrator Howard Tipton, St. Lucie County Property Appraiser Michelle Franklin, St. Lucie County Clerk Joseph E. Smith, and Florida Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commissioner Thomas D. Epsky. The VIP guests received the opportunity to meet Hadeed personally with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks before the occasion. Members of the audience were able to engage with Hadeed with questions and had the opportunity to purchase a copy of her book signed after the event.

The event sponsors were Allegany Franciscan Ministries and Lincoln Park Common Good Initiative, Florida Power and Light, Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, St. Lucie County Recycles, Treasure Coast Lexus, Southern Eagle Distributing, Seacoast Bank, Dean Mead: Florida Leaders in Law, Hoskins Turco Lloyd & Lloyd,  Craig Jeffries: Wealth Management Group, and Haisley Funeral and Cremation Service.

This event was hosted by Women United of St. Lucie County. Believing there is nothing more powerful than the will of a woman, and when we join forces, there is no limit to what we can achieve. Consider becoming a part of St. Lucie County’s most dynamic, caring and driven group of women, uniting in the spirit of philanthropy and service to support meaningful change in our community through volunteerism and advocacy.

About United Way of St. Lucie County

United Way of St. Lucie County encourages people to LIVE UNITED by giving to the annual campaign, spreading the word about the positive impact United Way is making in our community and volunteering to make our community a better place for us all. We support numerous programs that enhance the lives of people in St. Lucie County. For more information on how you can LIVE UNITED and help create a brighter future for those in need in our community, please call 772-464-5300, like us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @UnitedWaySLC or visit our website