Leyah Valgardson is the founder of Leader’s Voice, a women’s executive
leadership coach and feminine culture champion. Leyah had spent 15 years of her
career in a male-dominated industry trying to play a “man’s game,” only to realize
that she would never truly win. She determined that the key to leading change was in owning the power of her unique, feminine voice. Leyah’s success with honing and using her inherent leader’s voice led her to the highest ranks of leadership positions in her corporate career.
Knowing that her experience could be beneficial to other professional
women, Leyah left her corporate position in 2018 to start Leader’s Voice. Through a
variety of one-on-one executive coaching, group coaching, and workshop
opportunities, Leyah helps women advance in their careers by mastering and
expressing their unique leader’s voice – empowering them to become valued,
effective change leaders within the workplace.
When did you launch Leader's Voice and what is its mission?
Leader's Voice launched March 2018. My mission is to help professional women move up in their career by mastering their leader's voice.
What types of clients do you work with?
I work primarily with professional women who have risen in their career, but feel they've hit a point where they may need some guidance to take it to the next level.
Why do you think women need to develop their voices?
I believe that voice is at the center of leadership. And for women to lead, and lead well, we must master our voice. Every one of us has a unique voice style and approach we bring. It's so important for us to practice speaking up and speaking out. When we don't, we aren't the only ones who suffer in silence. Yet, when we use our voices to truly lead, we speak for so many more than just ourselves - we speak for all women everywhere.
What are you reading right now and what are some other books you highly recommend?
I love The Speed of Trust by Steven M.R. Covey. It addresses the need for trust in every relationship in our lives, but most especially in business relationships. Women are natural connectors. As such, building and sustaining trust should come naturally to us. It is one of our secret weapons when combined with using our voice, in how we can lead well! I also love "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor. I'm a big advocate for being the leading lady in your life by choosing your attitude and feelings every day. We alone have that power.
What is an ideal day for you with some Salt Lake Valley highlights?
Most definitely in the summer out hiking the beautiful Utah Mountains.
When and where were you happiest?
I am most happy when the sun is shinning, I'm enjoying some delicious food, surrounded by people I love, preferably while traveling to a new, exotic location.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To sing. I love to sing, but only seem to sound good when I'm alone in my car...certainly not a soloist!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I tend to worry more than is necessary.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Taking the leap of faith to leave a successful corporate career to start Leader's Voice. I truly feel this is my calling, to help women rise, filling more board rooms and executive teams with their unique and needed perspectives. I am honored I get to work with incredible women every day.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Probably a bird....or Superwoman. I've always wanted to fly!