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Vulnerability, Judgment, and Perception: Meet Fotini Galanes

Q: Why are you involved with Awaken?

A: I met Jim Wardlaw through Dr. Roger Firestien, who told Jim about my project, My Mark Matters. I was invited to present after a lovely dinner conversation.

Q: What is the nature of your presentation?

A: My presentation is based on vulnerability, judgment, and perception. It’s very interactive.

Q: In your opinion, why is organizational culture important?

A: I grew up in a family business that has been in operation for almost 50 years. I started working for my father in his restaurant when I was 13 years old. Being the boss’s daughter had both its advantages and disadvantages. As a family, we were responsible for every aspect of the business and there was no downtime. Everything seemed to revolve around the restaurant. We didn’t have names or labels for the work we did and hats we wore to make that business successful, but I’m intimate with everything organizational culture defines. In that description, a missing link can mean your doors are closing.

Q: What are you looking forward to at this year’s Awaken conference?

A: This is an extraordinary opportunity for me to reach a broader community with My Mark Matters. I would speak every single day if I was afforded the invitation.

Q: Attendees will be learning a great deal from you and other presenters at Awaken 2020. What specifically do you hope to learn?

A: With every presentation, I discover extraordinary people. My work develops and grows from participants’ responses. I also look forward to hearing the other speakers.  

Do you want to learn more about vulnerability in your organization? Get your tickets for Awaken 2020 now!