Last month, Meade Hartfield graduated from our 20th Executive Leadership Class in Birmingham.
As Partner at Bradley, Meade is no stranger to women’s initiatives and programs. She holds leadership roles in various national organizations and even started the statewide women’s committee for the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. Additionally, she is Vice Chair for the Women in the Law Committee for DRI – Lawyers Representing Business, one of the nation’s leading organizations of defense attorneys and in-house counsel.
“What was different for me about Momentum is that it’s local and so skills driven. You’re not getting on a plane or Zoom to learn and connect, and the program is highly focused on personal as well as professional growth. There’s a lot of looking within,” she said.
Over the course of nine-months, Momentum’s Executive Leadership Program brings in top experts and facilitators from around the nation to deliver curriculum focused on the growth of each leader.
“I had no idea what I was getting into. I really thought it would be a traditional, ‘Stephen Covey 7 Principles-type’ course. Leadership has evolved, and Momentum has evolved with it! I think that’s highly important to be relevant in today’s community of business professionals,” she shared.
Meade added that the diversity of the sessions, speakers, and topics yielded a lot of growth for her personally. When asked which session impacted her the most, she shared:
“All of the sessions were equally impactful for me, but Andrea McCaskey asked us all to write our own autobiography, our life stories, and that assignment became a really cool experience for me. There’s a lot of insight you can glean from the leadership tools that you picked up along the way. So when you’re writing your story, you’re writing it with the benefit of having more wisdom. By design, this program sets you up nicely for the next chapter of what the rest of your story will be.”
Meade added she was not only appreciative of the opportunity to participate, but also felt grateful that the program has existed for 20 years.
“We as a community must support Momentum, so that it’s sustainable for future generations of leaders. Only more good can come from having this program in place. It’s been beautiful to watch and experience the network of support firsthand,” she said.