She’s a survivor.
No, I’m not going to break out into a burst of Gloria Gaynor, that would be too much, especially for a Friday.
But it has warmed the heart of my cockles to see Jo Leah back centre stage doing what she’s bloody good at.
For twenty years she led the Weber Shandwick team in Manchester and Europe, winning pitch after pitch, award after award.
One of the many things I admire about her is her generosity. I once heard her speak and she said one of the secrets to leadership was to surround yourself with great people.
Many of those ‘great’ people would echo back, “Yes Jo. But it was you who first allowed me to flourish and grow.”
We first worked together when I hosted WS events. We recognised each others talents and fault lines and have developed a close friendship.
We’ve been there for each other in the good and bad times and that’s the way it should be.
She went ’boutique’ for a while running her own agency.
I’m delighted Jo is now MD of Good Relations North and would love to see as many of you as possible on November 28th at the official launch – “The secrets of Contagious Storytelling”.
Jo, along with The brilliant Private Eye cartoonist Tony Husband, creativity and innovation expert Dr Mark Batey, Richard Moriarty, deputy editor of The Sun and I will be discussing how really good storytelling can capture people’s imaginations.
Oh, and there will be gin!
It’s all happening at Peter House on Oxford Street next Wednesday with drinks at 5.30pm, and you can get in touch to confirm you are coming by emailing Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see you there for the return of one of life’s genuinely good people.