Consider the “Seattle Freeze” officially thawed, thanks to the warmth and honesty of Seattle Changemaker Chat’s inaugural speaker, Ami Silverman!

Thanks to those of you who could attend, and if you missed, please see below some of our favorite highlights from our time with Ami. We hope they resonate with you as much as they did with us.

Engaging and honest, Ami discussed her experiences with the group, sharing four of her “isms”:

  1. Trust your gut:The feeling you get about a certain situation isn’t wrong, it’s your intuition.
  2. Think about how you want to treat other people:“How would I want this to be handled if I were in that situation?”
  3. If you believe you can, you will:If there’s a will there’s a way!
  4.  Believing is critical:Even if you don’t know how you’re going to do something,  know that you’re going to do it!

The theme of September’s Changemaker Chats is gratitude.  Ami was thrilled that she was the speaker for this month, exclaiming: “I was so excited that I got gratitude!”  Ami loves investing in people, so she never misses an opportunity to say thank you and show her appreciation.  She feels that through appreciation, people realize what’s possible, and can grow and evolve to be the best version of themselves.

Focus your work on where you find passion.
Seeking out new new learning opportunities throughout her career, Ami encouraged the group to always look for what they’re passionate about.  She shared several examples having learned that a company’s mission and product were important to her, and she felt inspired by products that challenged her and presented opportunities to push herself.

Find and be proactive with your mentor.
Ami relayed her experience with mentors who offered relationships built on mutual respect, and allowed her to be herself and have the freedom to succeed. She is also no stranger to mentoring the next generation of leaders.  Her advice for budding mentees? You get out of it what you want – your investment will make the impact. Be proactive about taking your mentors advice and demonstrating that you’re an active mentee, working to better yourself through these relationships. Her other piece of advice?  People love to mentor, they’re just never asked! Don’t be afraid to ask someone you admire to mentor you!

And finally, two key notes to never forget:

1) You have options!  Fuel your passion, stay true to that!

2) Be yourself! Ask questions if you don’t understand something and never pretend to be something that you’re not.