Report from LCAM 2021: My “Why”

by Jennifer Goe,
Business Development Manager–Paint Crafters

When I won the President’s scholarship to go to LCAM, I expected to gain some wisdom into the workings of EWI and meet some fantastic people, and I did. I didn’t expect to gain more insight into who I am as a person and leader.

A nationally recognized author and motivational speaker, Kim Becking kicked off the first day of LCAM with a powerful keynote address. She had such a captivating way of speaking that I felt like she was speaking directly to me. It’s possible that it just resonated profoundly.  Kim said, “The only things certain are change and uncertainty.” I think the past 18 months have been an unexpected affirmation of that.  However, it has taught me that there is no new normal. There is only now and what’s next. It’s time to live life, not control it. Letting go of that control will change the whole experience.

Kim also said something that hit home, “There are 1440 minutes in a day. That is 288 five-minute segments.”

I can use those moments to adapt, innovate, or be left behind. It is time to resign as General Manager of the Universe!

I have spent a great deal of time trying to control every aspect of my life. From emotional to physical, professional, and personal, I want control! There was a time when I would think this makes me a good leader—having total control over my existence in this world.

News flash! Control is not what makes me a great leader.

So, what does?

Resiliency and grit.

One thing I know for sure, I am a resilient woman. This trait has given me the ability to adapt to change and evolve with the world. There are times when I want to do things as they have always been done. It’s easier to stay complacent. However, that is not who I am. I must keep evolving! I must stay focused on my long game and my “why.”

That’s not to say I don’t love and appreciate tradition—I do. I have learned that you can keep the planted tree of tradition while letting the leaves of change do their magic. Each passing year, the tree grows new leaves. It grows taller, becomes fuller, but no leaf is the same as the one before. Each one brings something new and beautiful. Many variables come along with its growth. These variables are where we can help it along!  Prune it, care for it, keep it healthy, allowing it to grow and evolve in this world. The seasons will change, but the tree will adapt and continue to thrive. We must let it, though. We can’t control its growth conditions, but we can prepare it for the times ahead.

Looking back, I’m so happy I applied for and was honored with the Past President’s scholarship. It’s an experience everyone should have. I left LCAM and Albuquerque with a new “why” in my life. My why for EWI. First, for my community. My love of and for Spokane is second to none!  For networking. I want to know all of you and your pets!  For mentorship; You all have something valuable to teach, and I am here to learn!

I am here to give back to my beloved city. Most importantly, for personal growth. All my “whys” lead here. Without growth, I am just a stump.