Leadership Lunch with LoriAnn Lowery-Biggers
Are you in leadership or do you want to be?
Well, you’re in luck! On Conference Saturday (May 9), Beautiful You will be holding an extra special event for you and other girls interested in leadership at work, church or within your personal life. LoriAnn Lowery-Biggers, President of Field Operations and Chief Marketing Officer of the Navigators Group, Inc., will be speaking during a special luncheon. As well as a highly successful leader in the corporate world, her global humanitarian work has led her to sit on the national board of A21 Campaign, Prevent Child Abuse America, and the Global Advance, Inc. This an amazing opportunity to hear from a woman who has managed to mesh spiritual leadership with corporate leadership.
Registration for the lunch is in addition to the conference rate and space is limited. Take this opportunity to come together with other women in leadership and revolutionize the way we outwork these roles in each facet of our lives.
To allow us to get to know her a little better, LoriAnn answered a few questions about leadership, bravery…and the best way to eat a taco.
Name: LoriAnn Lowery-Biggers
Hometown: El Paso, Tx.
How do you take your coffee? Cream no sugar.
Three things you can’t live without: Other than the Bible and my husband? 1) Amazing worship music, 2) coffee and great food, 3) hot baths on cold nights and air conditioning on hot days. (That actually may be seven things, but it’s all in the way a question is asked and answered…just like in life).
Favorite food? I am a major foodie, so my choice may be different next week, but right now I would say rolled meat tacos with Spanish sauce and extra spicy green chile queso. Yum!
Favorite book(s): Again, other than the Bible…”The Innovator’s Dilemma,” by Clayton Christensen, “My Utmost for His Highest,” by Oswald Chambers, “The Reason for God”, by Tim Keller,”Unstoppable,” by Chris Caine, “The Rest of God,” by Mark Buchanan
Beautiful You Movement (BYM): Who has inspired you the most with their courage and bravery?
LoriAnn: My grandparents. They immigrated to the U.S. from Syria with an elementary school education, 8 small children and no money. They started with nothing except for their work ethic and their faith in God. They not only thrived, they raised a family of 9 and had 28 grandchildren, all of whom are in love with Jesus and are professionals of excellence in their fields.
BYM: Can you describe a time that you had to personally overcome a fear? How did God play a part in this act of bravery?
LoriAnn: I have had many, but specifically many battles with health issues. I did not go more than 2 years without some significant type of surgery since I was 17 years old. I believe that the anger I felt over my situation fueled my fear, and vice-versa. I finally decided that I would not succumb to the fear and anger; that greater is He that is in me than anything/anyone that was in the world or said over me by the world. That I had a purpose and plan that was designed specifically by me and expressly for me to walk out and that fear had no authority to defeat that.
BYM: Did your defiance of fear affect anyone else around you?
LoriAnn: Yes. I believe that my entire family and group of friends were witness to the mighty Hand of God and the peace that I felt even in the midst of the struggles. It was really the work colleagues that it had a profound effect on, as they watched how I was able to navigate through the turmoil and the physical issues while keeping the peace and exhibiting the character that God would have wanted me to show them. It is easy to be that way when there is no trial or travail…however, people watch what happens when the storm surges come and whether you hold tight to God and are consistent in walking it out…through the good and the bad. The interesting thing is that I never even thought about what they were witnessing until after I had gone through it all and years later, they would tell me how it had been observed.
BYM: What are three qualities that you would consider non-negotiable to be a female in leadership?
1. Integrity, transparency: being honesty of heart
2. Calmness: in leading, decision making, negotiation and execution
3. Confidence and consistency in conviction
BYM: What is a one thing you wished someone had told you 10 -15 years ago that would have been encouraging as you were navigating your leadership roles in the business arena as a female? (Or, what would you go back and tell yourself!)
LoriAnn: Wow, this answer could be a dissertation, however, please allow me a few key points:
1. Do not let your past failure dictate your future successes.
2. Just because you know something doesn’t mean you have to tell everyone around you that you know it.
3. You are an exhaustible resource, if you do not fill up your own self, you will run dry and resent pouring into others.
Named 2010 Reactions Magazine’s “Rising Star” and Business Insurance Magazine’s “Woman to Watch”, LoriAnn is a mover and shaker in the business world. A sought after keynote speaker throughout the country, she has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Leader’s Edge, and twice as the cover of Best Weekly. Currently, she is the President of Field Operations and Chief Marketing Officer of the Navigators Group, Inc. A self-professed major foodie, LoriAnn is sixth generation Texan who lives in Dallas with her husband Keith.