She Leads – With Matthew Lenox

Name: Matthew Lenox

Job Title: Client Solutions Executive, CAI

What would you tell your younger self? Buy Apple and Tesla stock.

What was your major in college? Criminal Justice – Law & Society. I spent most of my career in the automotive and motorcycle business, but I am also a small business owner. I’ve expanded my business acumen by learning best practices from every company and position I’ve held.

What was your inspiration and what helped you become successful? How do you define success? Watching my dad’s success and learning from him has been my biggest inspiration. Success is working at something you enjoy, that provides for you and your family and at the same time gives you a balance to enjoy both.

How do you balance your work and personal life? Often times one has more importance, and we’re curious to know how you’ve handled the balance. My wife and the time we spend together is of paramount importance to me, so being able to feel successful, engaged and accomplished in my career is what I consider as the best life/work balance. My drive to be the best at both of those.

What is your favorite quote? “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” -Stephen Covey

What’s your favorite part of your job and why? The engagement with clients and helping them to improve on what/how they function their business. It’s a rare thing to be able to do, but it’s like the perfect golf shot, you’ll know it when you feel it happen.

What is your favorite hobby? Travel

What advice do you want to give the next generation of women leaders? Listen to your gut, it’ll tell you what to do.

What does leadership mean to you? Helping others become the best versions of themselves and be proud of the impact they have on a daily basis.

What’s your advice on mentoring? Listen to people, they’ll tell you what they need. Don’t assume you have all the right answers, but be able to know where to find them.

What’s your favorite ice cream? Anything with dark chocolate and caramel in it.

Is there any other information that you think Girl Talk members would benefit from? We need more strong women in every part of business and in our government. We need women leaders. Fight to get there and find those willing to help in that endeavor.