A trip to Charleston: 2019 Business Excellence Forum and Awards
A note from our CEO, Julie Seal-Gaustad:
I just got back from a great trip to Charleston, South Carolina, where I attended the 2019 Business Excellence Forum and Awards.
I’m excited to report that Mirus made the finalist list for Best Company Culture, and I was the winner of CEO of the Year! You can read more about these awards below.
Throughout this conference, not only did I get to learn more about strategies for better business and personal development, but I also got to see the sights and learn about the history of Charleston.
As you may know, one of our core values is to purse growth and learning, and this translates to “being the best version of yourself.”
I fully believe that my education is ongoing; there’s always something new to learn or different ways of doing things and better ways of doing things, so I really try to participate in activities that spur consistent improvement and growth. I also encourage my team to do so, whether it be through reading, taking classes or workshops, participating in virtual webinars or trainings, or attending conferences like the one I just went to.
Best Company Culture Finalist – Mirus Promotions
“When I say one team, you say one dream!”
We use this quote loudly and proudly, particularly since we recently brainstormed and voted on taglines for our company points of culture that have been incorporated into the language we use internally, with our field team and clients.
These core values truly establish the foundation for how and why we work. They are implemented and recognized through all aspects of our business, from its integration into our goals that we set during performance reviews, to our Mirus Marvel of the Month recognition program that highlights one field team member per month who exudes our core values before, during and after event executions.
Last month, we also initiated our first annual Core Values awards for the 2018 year, where each individual office employee received an award recognizing their commitment to a specific core value based on testimonials of clients and the field team.
We always look forward to our quarterly retreats, which are a fun way to bond and relax away from our desks. Whether it is having a luncheon tea party (with the fancy hats), barbecuing at the CEO’s house, going wine tasting at some local wineries, or enjoying a spa day with a much-needed massage or facial, we know how to have a good time.
We also host special client appreciation events as a way to connect face-to-face and thank our clients for choosing to partner with Mirus. We have hosted laid back outings at a craft brewery in San Diego, happy hours, and twice, we hosted a day at the races in our very own celebrity suite at the Del Mar Race Track.
“I’m proud to be a part of a team that’s incredibly supportive of each other and a company that encourages each members personal and professional growth. Developmental goals and objectives are a collaborative discussion and professional accolades are shared as a group.”
– Jeannine B., Lead Marketing & Operations Specialist
“Working at Mirus for the past two and half years has helped me become a more confident and effective leader, co worker and employee. I have been given many opportunities to pursue aspects of the company that align with my passions and interests. It is inspiring to work in such a positive environment surrounded by hard working, dedicated and caring women.”
– Lexi C., Marketing & Operations Specialist and Company Trainer
“At Mirus, it is very evident that we strive for success as a whole, which also means creating and supporting our individual successes. Since starting out as an assistant, I have seen many coworkers—myself included—promoted into personalized roles that highlight our particular interests and strong suits, all contributing to the team mentality. We have come to know each other as both coworkers and friends, which helps to establish a solid support system as we continue to move forward as a company and grow together in the best way possible.”
– Janelle L., Marketing & Communications Specialist
CEO OF THE YEAR
Winning CEO of the Year gives me added credibility as a self-taught leader and entrepreneur — and it shows other female CEOs that it is possible to “have it all.” It certainly is an honor to be named among other CEOs who are proud to have created entities that provide over-the-top service to clients and great opportunities for growth to employees.
This business started out for me as a way to do something I love; I did not originally envision Mirus Promotions would become the force it is today, but I know I have created something special that is worth every investment of time and passion.
Understanding the importance of delegation in leadership, I train my internal team to be leaders instead of managers to help them be self-reliant and build loyalty among our field team. I encourage questions, growth and safety in decision-making. Everything I do is focused on building team members’ confidence, which supports the growth of the business. In 2018, my leadership style was tested like never before, as I took some time off after becoming a mother — and everything ran like clockwork. That success has allowed me to cut back the time I’m in the office every week, so I can spend valuable time with my son and be secure in the knowledge that the business and our valued clients are being taken care of.
I have grown into the CEO I always wanted to be along the way. This is no longer just a job for me; it is about job creation for hundreds of young people; creating opportunities for clients and staff across the country; and providing top-notch service to clients we treat like family through trust, communication, and loyalty.
Winning this award allows me to further inspire my team and continue to grow the company to become the number one trusted field marketing company in the nation. It solidifies the belief I have in myself that the hard work I have invested and continue to invest to learn and lead is recognized by my peers and role models.
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