Executive coach helps launch leadership program for women
Regina Hutchinson, a local executive coach and consultant, recently helped launch the Half the Sky Leadership Program for Women in PA.
By Lisa Nicklanovich; photos courtesy of Regina Hutchinson
Regina Hutchinson and her family moved to Castle Pines eleven years ago, but you can still detect her Boston upbringing when she speaks. She was drawn to Castle Pines for the great schools and the friendly neighborhoods where it would be easy to make new friends. With more than sixteen years in the telecommunications field and thirty-plus years in leadership development, she travels quite a bit, but still loves coming back to our community.
Hutchinson’s work with telecommunication companies such as Comcast, Qwest, and Adelphia, led her to the conclusion that, “Many companies were experiencing drastic changes due to many factors and it came down to relationships and providing individuals, particularly women, with the skills needed to look at the challenge and help them with ways of working through change.” Hutchinson decided to “create a different business” and struck out on her own last fall, creating Imago Resources.
Hutchinson explains that she chose “Imago” because it means the adult stage of a butterfly after the metamorphosis. She said, “I was inspired by the visual of the change that happens when women build confidence and own their authenticity.”
Grace Killelea, the CEO of Half the Sky Leadership for Women, approached Hutchinson because of her level of expertise in the learning and development field and her vision of developing strong female leaders through building strong organizational cultures, developing talent, and facilitating change. Half the Sky, whose name comes from an ancient Chinese proverb that “women hold up half the sky,” launched a program for emerging women leaders that took place in Philadelphia in April.
Hutchinson led this first class, comprised of middle managers and women in leadership roles from many different industries, through modules on subjects such as delegation, coaching, executive presence and self assessment. She said, “We’re all dealing with the same issues, no matter the title or company. It’s important to ‘have a brand’ and own it. The program develops individual skills to make women key contributors, but also is a forum for females to lift each other up and learn from each other.”
Hutchinson explains that the women were given assignments to take back to the workplace and will meet again in June and July. “The goal is to have several leadership programs going in different cities and create an alumni of strong female leaders.” Half the Sky’s next session will take place in the southeast in 2014, and Hutchinson said they are working towards bringing the program to Denver.
As president of the Rocky Mountain chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications for many years, and as an executive coach and consultant, Hutchinson has coached countless women and businesses locally. In Hutchinson’s free time, she enjoys travel, sporting events, and especially, “socializing with friends and family, sometimes cards, or game night.” Contact Hutchinson by e-mail or for more information about Half the Sky, visit www.halftheskyleadership.com.
Hutchinson and her family enjoying a game. From left to right, husband John, sons Joshua, a sophomore at RCHS, and John Kyle, attending the University of Oregon.