Women’s Leadership Roundtables

  • Discuss workplace challenges and develop solutions with others who share your experiences and passions.
  • Explore industry trends and influences with other leaders who have unique vantage points and insights that you might not otherwise access.
  • Enhance your leadership skills, outlook and career path.
  • Develop a go to network of peers invested in your success.


Janet Polach and Jacqueline Byrd:

Janet and Jacqueline have been working with women leaders for their entire career and have been running Leadership Roundtables for the past 5 years together.

  • Dr. Janet Polach, Ph.D., has over 18 years of experience working on organizational effectiveness issues by leveraging people.  She has assisted a variety of clients in organizational change and transition planning, information technology restructuring, organizational capabilities development, team building and coaching.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Byrd, Ph.D. is President of Creatrix, Inc., a Minneapolis-based organization that serves clients both nationally and internationally, which she has owned and operated for over 17 years.   Her expertise is in working across organizations on leadership, executive coaching and creating teams and cultures for innovation.

Janet Polach and Jacqueline Byrd

Leadership Development and Executive Coaching

A Coach is Right For You when YOU want to:

  • Understand what makes you “tick” as a leader
  • Effectively manage up and down in your organization.
  • Address conflicts more confidently and effectively.
  • Build more effective teams and manage people differently.
  • Develop your executive presence or communication skills.
  • Continue to grow in your current position or seek other options.



  • Being a part of the Women's Leadership Roundtable offered an amazing opportunity for me to establish authentic, professional business relationships with women I might not otherwise have had the privilege of meeting. The small group setting promoted candid discussion of our successes and challenges, and opened my mind to other approaches, leadership styles, and resources. I felt uplifted by this wonderful group of women after each meeting!
    - Julie Dekker (Director of Quality and Affordability, Medica)

Managing Up

You CAN manage your boss. Whether you work for a good boss, or a not so good one, the relationship can almost always be effective. We recently discussed this topic at our roundtable and walked away with some interesting insights.

  1. Start with yourself. Ask someone who’s opinion you care about to give you some honest, direct feedback. The good and the bad. Reflect on what YOU are doing in your work environment that might put you at odds with your boss. Avoid those pitfalls.
  2. Watch how your boss interacts with his/her boss. Be a good study. Observe what they focus on and what they discuss. Then replicate those elements in your interactions with your own boss.
  3. Plan your meetings with your boss. Create an agenda. Take notes of what you will do AND what your boss will do. Review your notes before your next update. Be prepared and make each conversation useful and effective.
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