Monique Tallon, CPCC, ACC is a Women’s Leadership and Inclusion expert, and author of Leading Gracefully: A Woman’s Guide to Confident, Authentic and Effective Leadership. She is also the CEO of Highest Path Global, a boutique executive coaching and training firm specializing in developing 21st century leaders and building gender balanced, inclusive cultures where innovation can thrive. Highest Path helps organizations attract and retain the right customers and talent by creating workplaces that value diversity and where collaboration, transparency and trust lead to better business outcomes.
Monique comes from the world of tech in Silicon Valley. Her previous experience as a Marketing manager where she produced tradeshows and large-scale conferences for eBay, Inc., including a 10,000 person conference where she managed internal and external teams and led one of the most successful events in the company’s 10 year history.
Monique started her coaching and training business in 2009. She left her corporate job with a specific desire to help women navigate the myriad challenges they face in the corporate world.
Through her first‐hand experience working in the male‐dominated corporate world of Silicon Valley, Monique learned at a young age that in business that what works for men doesn’t necessarily work for women. She discovered that there was a different way to lead that felt more authentic to who she was and not surprisingly, turned out to be as (if not more!) effective in delivering business results.
This led her to create the Feminine Leadership Model™ to help women embrace their feminine strengths and combine them with traditional qualities to develop an effective leadership presence and create more influence and impact, which is the central theme in her book, Leading Gracefully.
Combining 15 years of personal development work, professional coach training, and corporate experience, she has coached and trained hundreds of executives in organizations like Microsoft, Siemens, Deloitte, Samsung Next, Juniper Networks, Dundee Precious Metals, among others to cultivate a leadership style that is ultimately more inclusive and drives innovation – two things that are necessary in the 21st century economy.
Monique has her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from San Francisco State University and received her coach training at the internationally known Coaches Training Institute. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and the National Speakers Association.
Monique’s innovative approach to advancing women’s leadership and gender balanced organizations has led her to speak and train throughout the United States as well as the UK, Italy, France and Armenia.
What You’ll Get
Leadership & Diversity Training & Coaching
Monique’s leadership and diversity training programs and executive coaching are transformative. Participants receive easy-to-implement tools that make an immediate difference. Clients report that even a year after a single program, employees are still leveraging Monique’s tools to build high-performing teams and drive innovation within their organizations.
Corporate Training Can Be Fun?
Monique is anything but boring. Some clients admit they hire Monique because they know people will have a great time attending her leadership and diversity training – aka participants will be awake and engaged. Monique appreciates that people think she’s high energy and fun, that’s really not enough. She believes that leave a short speech or a longer corporate training program and don’t know exactly what to do and how to do it, then the program was not a good use of their time or money.
What is an inclusive culture and why would you want one?
Have you noticed things such as:
Most organizations don’t know:
If you can’t answer these questions, you don’t have an inclusive culture. And you’re leaving money on the table.
Our competitors gain market share and we don’t know why. Departments don’t collaborate and produce redundant work. Teams are busy competing with each other, instead of competing with the market.
Inclusive cultures create business environments in which employees feel like they matter and their voice is heard. Their contributions are valued and they feel like they are making a real difference. When people matter, they do better work, are more creative, and drive products and solutions that are new and different.
Why Inclusion? You can have the most diverse workforce on planet earth, but if you are not leveraging the diversity you have, you are not taking advantage of your talent pool.
How to Create Inclusion?
Inclusion requires us to become aware that we make assumptions about people and those assumptions can lead us to treat them in a favorable or unfavorable way. When we check our assumptions at the door, we can begin to think more objectively, hence more fairly.
Our business training can help managers and employees spot biases that get in the way of inclusion. Whether it’s gender bias, confirmation bias, or affinity bias, you’ll be able to spot bias before it gets in the way of your business relationships and your bottom-line results.