#LeadLikeAWoman with Sarah Hagen

You can’t lead from a distance; staying involved and personally connected to one-another is the best way to lead the community.

What does leadership mean to you?

To me, leadership centers around integrity, dedication, and support. It’s being honest and principled in your work and how you interact with others, dedicated to your personal growth and organizational mission, and supportive of those around you to become their own leaders.

Who has influenced your idea of leadership?

There have been quite a few influencers in my life. My parents have made the biggest impact in how I lead. Seeing their thoughtfulness, determination and work-ethic has given me the values I live by. I was then blessed with an incredible boss in my previous job who influenced through her daily practice of strong leadership – being a support system and teaching the importance of accountability, and she challenged me to find my own strength to lead. As I have started my role in the Chamber industry, I have found several neighboring Chamber leaders and am influenced daily by their community leadership. I have also been blessed with a close-knit and supportive community with leaders that I get to interact with and learn from daily.

Why do we need more women in leadership roles? What do they add to the table?

It’s great to see more and more women moving up to leadership roles in the business world. I think we bring a different perspective and skill set towards mentoring others, and involve more empathy in our leadership styles.

How are you leading in your career/community?

We have a lot of outstanding leaders in organizations within our community and I think leading the Chamber in the partnerships we have created with other organizations has allowed us to better collaboratively support Charlevoix. Within our organization, I have led the development of our almost-entirely new team into their new roles. I am confident that with this transition we are situated to be a stronger support system and advocate for our members and our area as a whole. Personally, I have made it a priority to volunteer or attend as many member and partner-organization events and meetings as I can to keep better connected with those working around me and better lead our members and organization to success. You can’t lead from a distance; staying involved and personally connected to one-another is the best way to lead the community.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Just that I encourage everyone to continually seek ways to develop leadership skills – volunteering, seminars, career roles and responsibilities… leadership opportunities are present in many different areas of your life, and you can always learn from new experiences and the people around you. I know I’m always learning!

What is the best way for someone to contact you?

231-547-2101, hagen@charlevoix.org, or come see everything Charlevoix has to offer and stop by for a visit!#Lead


Michigan ATHENA is a program dedicated to developing, supporting, and honoring women leaders throughout Michigan. This program is part of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiatives. To find out more about this program please visit us at www.michamber.com/ATHENA

If you have any questions or would like to nominate someone to be featured in our #LeadLikeAWoman series please email me at akeimach@michamber.com