In Comfy Shoes and Keychains, Hruby uses the power of storytelling to provide tips and insightful lessons on confidence, self-care, communication, engagement, burnout and more. Each chapter tells the story of a woman in leadership who faces adversity and learns to overcome. The book offers insight to fears and struggles that are relatable to all leaders. The stories are real and heartfelt and provide valuable tips for resilience and success. From the guilt of a working mom to the need to fight for equity, Hruby inspires leaders while coaching them through each narrative. Hruby inspires women to be successful leaders while empowering them to write their own story. She challenges women to push back against gender bias and inspires them to shatter glass ceilings of opportunity.
Dr. Carrie Hruby has been a superintendent or assistant superintendent for almost 20 years. As a co-creator of the first female superintendent cohort in Illinois, Carrie is passionate about empowering, elevating and celebrating women in leadership. Carrie has published numerous journal articles on the topic of leadership and presented at conferences on the topics of women in leadership, finance, fiscal responsibility, and legislative advocacy.
Chapter 1: Comfy Shoes and Care for the Organization
Chapter 2: Confidence
Chapter 3: Keychains
Chapter 4: Self Care and Surrogate Stress
Chapter 5: Time as a Precious Resource
Chapter 6: Mountaintop Moments
Chapter 7: Self-Reflection and Accountability
Chapter 8: Communication
Chapter 9: Building Consensus and Respect
Chapter 10: Ethical Leadership
Chapter 11: Leadership Endurance
Chapter 12: Burnout
Chapter 13: Influence
Chapter 14: Conclusion
About the Author
Comfy Shoes and Keychains takes the most challenging aspects of leadership and not only honors struggle, but systematically lays out what stellar leadership looks like. I was inspired, equipped and motivated to elevate my own leadership along with those around me!
What a gift to women in leadership and those who aspire to lead! Carrie Hruby did a fantastic job of co-mingling key experiences and variables impacting females from both a practical and a theoretical prospective. The stories in this book are so very real and heartfelt. I felt a deep connection to women whose cultural backgrounds are different than mine. What bounds us together is a common struggle to prove ourselves as worthy and the resiliency that exists within us to overcome. I found the reading of her Comfy Shoes and Keychains to be quite therapeutic.