Change Maker Moments with Cheryl Hotchkiss

Our final Change Maker Moments from Season Two of The Change Makers Podcast features Cheryl Hotchkiss, Strategic Advisor for Graf-Martin Communications. This episode is a must-listen for those who are existing clients of Graf-Martin Communications, as well as those who are considering engaging our services.

Ellen and Cheryl give you an inside look at the leadership of the Graf-Martin Communications team and talk about ways that our clients have pivoted during the pandemic. It is also a great conversation for women in leadership roles, especially those who are moms. This episode includes a great conversation about working moms, and how to balance it all with grace and empathy. You won’t want to miss it! 

3 Insights From Cheryl Hotchkiss

1) Find a Mentor

A topic that is covered frequently on The Change Makers Podcast is mentorship. Both Ellen and Cheryl agree that finding a mentor and being a mentor are invaluable tools that you have to support your organization. Having someone who is able to come alongside you and share life experiences is important for everyone.

2) Know Your Worth

Cheryl shares that during this pandemic, she has been able to mentor many young women, and the one thing that she repeats over and over again is: “You are capable. You know what you’re doing.” It is easy to get caught up in a crisis, or even in day-to-day life, and start to feel inadequate. Cheryl shares that it is important to remember that you actually know what you are doing and to remember that when times are uncertain. 

3) Give Yourself Room to Grow

During this pandemic, many leaders feel that they have made mistakes with their team or their organization, and Cheryl shares that it is important to both give yourself grace and ask from grace for others. These are extraordinary times and we are only human. It is important to acknowledge that mistakes will happen and to give yourself room to grow from these mistakes. 

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About Cheryl

Cheryl Hotchkiss

Cheryl has over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications with a focus on public engagement and brand development – creating the conditions for effective fundraising. She has worked exclusively in not-for-profit organizations leading large and small teams working to engage Canadians in learning about and taking action on social justice issues in Canada and internationally. Her passion is to help create clarity for organizations doing good in the world so that they can effectively find support to bring about positive and lasting change. She brings a curious mind, process excellence, and informed strategic thinking to every project she participates in.