1. Partnerships and Communication Dr. Laura Sicola 33:07

This week Christine Ostrowski shares how an almost two hundred year old school is continually adapting to improve the lives of their students and team.  By treating employees like clients to understand what they need to give every resource possible to their students, everyone wins.

Here are a few things that you will learn in this episode:

  • How being on a dragon boat team can prepare for successful teamwork.
  • Making sure that you take the time to pause and work on your relationships.  Trust brings value.
  • Understanding the importance of a discovery meeting to prevent jumping to conclusions.
  • Creating a mission driven environment where leaders are committed to creating a better tomorrow.

During the 24-Hour Influence Challenge, Christine challenges the listeners to volunteer.  How do you start?  Christine recommends visiting volunteermatch.org.

Book recommendation: Christine mentions in the podcast “Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results” by Judith Glaser. 

About Christine Ostrowski:

Christine Ostrowski is the Chief Financial Officer for Overbrook School for the Blind. Christine is passionate about quality education experience for all students, including students with specialized educational needs.

Christine has focused on non-profit finance in the education sector for over a decade. She has worked in higher education, public education and private education. Christine collaborates with other leaders in historical institutions in innovations to streamline the administration of schools. Optimizing the finance and operations of schools frees up resources to focus on instructional programming. Innovations include the delivery of on-line education, enrollment strategies, enterprise resource management solutions and budget management.

Christine holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Jefferson University. She received her MBA in entrepreneurship and innovation from Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business. Christine also has completed certificate programs at the MIT Sloane School of Management in Mastering Design Thinking and Pricing. Christine and her husband Steve have two children in their young adult years and live in the Philadelphia area.


You can connect with Christine in the following ways:

  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-ostrowski/
  • LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/overbrook-school-for-the-blind/
  • Facebook Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/OverbrookSchoolfortheBlind/
  • Twitter Business Page: https://twitter.com/OverbrookSFTB
  • Instagram Business Page: https://www.instagram.com/overbrookschoolfortheblind/
  • Website: https://www.obs.org/


You can connect with Laura in the following ways:

  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlaurasicola
  • LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vocal-impact-productions/
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/VocalImpactProductions
  • Facebook: Vocal Impact Productions
  • Twitter: @LauraSicola
  • Instagram: @VocalImpactProductions
  • Website: https://vocalimpactproductions.com/
  • Laura’s Online Course: virtualinfluence.today

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Laura Sicola Leadership Communication & Influence Expert, Speaker, Author, Podcaster

Dr. Laura Sicola is a leadership communication and influence expert, speaker, author of Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice, and host of the podcast, Speaking to Influence: Communication Secrets of the C-Suite. Her mission is to transform executives into confident, inspiring leaders whether live or virtually in order to get the results they want and turn their vision into their legacy. As the founder of Vocal Impact Productions, she has trained and coached executives at Comcast, IBM, the US Department of Commerce and Women Against Abuse along with politicians, business owners and non-profit leaders from around the world.

Laura’s TEDx talk, “Want to Sound Like a Leader? Start by Saying Your Name Right,” has nearly 7 million views, and she has been featured on programs such as Fox & Friends First, NBC10 @Issue and PHL 17. She has also spoken to thousands at conferences such as the Professional BusinessWomen of California Conference and the PA Conference for Women.

Laura received her PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught from 2001-2013.