Every month we ask an emerging leader we admire to share what they’re doing to take the lead in their career. We invite them to share how they achieved their current position, what obstacles they’ve encountered on their climb, as well as tips for how to be a rising leader of influence.
This month we shine the Emerging Leader Spotlight on Lisa Bogart, Business Solutions Technology Manager with Bank of America.
Favorite leadership quote:
My son introduced me to this quote when he was a thirteen-year-old hockey player. I’ve thought of this quote countless times when stepping out of my own comfort zone.
You miss 100% of the shots you never take. — Wayne Gretzky
Why did you choose your current career path?
My path has taken many turns throughout my career. My current role was never planned. I have accepted several different roles through the years and I’m thrilled I was given the opportunity within technology. I deliver technical solutions to solve business needs which improve the experience for our customers and clients. It’s a great time to be a woman in technology. I’m able to use my professional experience in my community, encouraging girls to explore STEM fields through my work with Girls Scouts and the Western New York STEM Council.
What is the most important thing you have learned that has been critical to your career success?
Focus on your responsibilities and do your best. Embrace change and stay positive. I’ve been very fortunate my performance has been recognized by leadership over the years, leading me to new roles.
What key steps did you take to get to the role you are in today?
As I mentioned before, I’ve had great leaders who had confidence in my ability. They provided opportunities to take roles I wouldn’t have known about or planned myself.
What is your leadership style?
I believe results come from the team and each person has unique strengths and contributions. If you care about their success, both personally and professionally, it makes a difference. The strong diversity & inclusion culture at Bank of America helps our success as leaders, because when an individual feels their work and their voice matter, they do great things.
What are some top tips you can recommend to other women who want to be recognized as high-potential emerging leaders?
Get involved in company networks or groups external to your role. This adds another layer of responsibility, causing you to stretch yourself while you’re expanding your network of peers and leaders. Bank of America’s L.E.A.D. for Women network has opened up many opportunities for me internally as well as within my community.
Have you recently experienced a career or leadership challenge that you overcame? How did you overcome that challenge?
We often face challenges with deadlines, resource constraints and many other impacts that are out of our control, as well as situations that we could’ve handled differently. I’d refer to one of your webinar sessions, The F Word: Failure. It provided great advice on using a “set back” as a tremendous learning and growth opportunity. It’s so important to stay positive and understand it is part of your development journey.
What professional accomplishment or result have you achieved in the past year that you are proud of?
I’m fortunate that my role in technology allows me to see tangible results that positively impact our customers and clients throughout the year. I’ve been selected to lead our area through a significant strategy change which will occur over the next year. It’s exciting and challenging to progress through each milestone.