And we’re back!

Before we look forward to 2016, let’s take a moment to reflect on 2015. A year ago we asked you to create three lists that would make you a better leader by the end of the year: a skills list, a people list and an impact list. These lists are a reflection of your experience as a leader and show your growth and development over the course of the year.

As the creator and author of REAL Leadership Online I kept my own lists throughout 2015. My people list is a mile long and I’m proud of the ways I was able to make an impact last year. I won’t bore you with my lists in their entirety but I will share my top three.

Skills List

  • Retooled my curriculum development skills at Program Design School.
  • Taught myself to use Windows Movie Maker.
  • Honed my HTML skills.

People List

  • I began developing a relationship with a mentor. Click here to find out why this was an important part of my year.
  • I made a best friend at work. This is import, too, and here is why.
  • I joined the Junior League of Denver and have met inspiring women of all ages and career paths.

Impact List

  • I was able to make a monetary donation to two friends with cancer and to Girls on the Run.
  • I volunteered with two new-to-me organizations: Rocky Mountain PBS and the Denver Santa Claus Shop.
  • REAL Leadership Online is reaching more Gamma Phi Betas than ever before!

In 2016 I’m going to keep my lists going and add one more to the mix: a Yes! list. My Yes! list will be all the things that scare me a bit, things that are outside of my comfort zone or things I’ve always wanted to do but never made the time for that I say “yes!” to in 2016.

What was on your lists in 2015? Tell us by sending an email to and we may feature you on REAL Leadership Online or send you something to cheer you on in 2016!