To kick off this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Beth Stiner shared an awesome story about how she didn’t make her high school’s JV volleyball team. She had a choice. Should she give up playing volleyball or choose to find new ways to get better? She chose to volunteer that year for the team keeping score, managing equipment, and practicing with the players. Because of this investment, she made the team the next year and was named the team’s captain. I think that says everything you need to know about the content of Beth’s character.

Through our dialogue, Beth shared great stories of the impact mentors had on her journey from her early days in Rochester, MI to her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University to her graduate degree from Bowling Green State University. She talked about how she found her voice, how she learned she could do anything she put her mind to, what taught her independence, how to remove self-limiting beliefs, and that self work is work. I couldn’t agree more with this, by the way. Self development is work and each of us needs to invest time into it daily. Personal mantras are a beautiful way to remain focused on our lives’ missions and our goals.

Beth talked about how she climbed the ladder quickly over 13 years at Banner Health and her family’s 1-year trip around the world. She shared the importance of coaching, how to help others complete an activity around defining their future selves, and what it takes to align hearts and minds when leading large-scale organizational change. She’s a fan of Patrick Lencioni’s books, Daniel Goleman’s emotional intelligence research, Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, and Dr. Henry Cloud’s Necessary Endings.

Beth Stiner is Vice President of Strategic Development and Coaching at Innovative Connections with more than 20 years as an executive leader and professional coach in government, retail, manufacturing and healthcare. She was named Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and is a graduate of Valley Leadership. Beth holds a master’s degree in organizational development from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s in communication from Michigan State University. She was certified by the Coaches Training Institute in 2005, is credentialed through the International Coaching Federation, and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Beth has volunteered with the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, the International Refugee Committee, and was a court appointed special advocate of Arizona.

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