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Our Family Is Crazy
SIO: Diversity, Equity, &

Inclusion, Pt. 2
By: Byrony Treser & Erin Finke
Date: June 25, 2020

DEI: The heart of our SIO  A focus on collaboration

By Erin Finke and Byrony Treser

Collaboration is a key component to ensuring that team members feel valued and included, empowered to bring their best work every day, and that they have a voice in the trajectory of a project or vision. Angie Quesnell, SLP, demonstrates this type of inclusive and collaborative leadership on a regular basis. A recent example of this has been in Angie’s work with developing and building up one of Infinity’s more recent programs, DIG into Mentorship. This program aims to provide our new grads and new hires with the tools they need to be successful not only in their clinical practice but also in living out Infinity’s culture and values. Angie has been instrumental in bringing together different team members’ voices and perspectives to make the program stronger than it would be if just the brainchild of one individual.

Angie states that “inclusive leadership is about giving people value, a sense of belonging, contributing to their confidence, and creating an approachable space.” She acknowledges the importance of the space she creates within her day-to-day actions of those she is engaging with. She is aware of her actions, communication styles, and being genuinely interested and invested in each interaction.

Angie has learned that it is not only important to create a positive and encouraging collaborative environment, but it is equally important to recognize weaknesses and areas of personal and professional growth. She is not afraid to step back and reflect on her own responses, opinions, actions, thoughts, and to challenge herself toward ongoing growth.

Angie has learned that when she owns her own mistakes or weaknesses and shares her story, this helps build empathy and allows others to relate to her more easily. As the team members feel safe, they are more willing to speak up. This creates a safe space for everyone and strengthens the relationships across all the team dynamics.

Through her many projects, Angie has noted that the formation of a strong team starts at the very beginning. When building her teams, she looks for the right mix of values, awareness of the mission, and acknowledgment of areas for growth to bring together. She sets up the expectations for collaboration with direct communication and highlights the importance of being proactive in goals to be addressed and outcomes that need to be met. By establishing expectations from the beginning, everyone starts working towards common goals from the outset. Angie empowers her colleagues to make decisions and work through challenging situations using their own skills and talents, but she also holds them accountable for their actions and performance. This leads to a greater sense of purpose and commitment from each contributor which ultimately elevates the quality of the outcomes.

When working toward any goal, outcome, or project, it is important to stop now and then to reflect on whether you are still heading in the right direction, and perhaps even more importantly, to make sure the rest of your group is still with you. By their very essence, collaboration and inclusive leadership require a community of people to be successful. And when there is that true sense of communal purpose, a clear vision, and each person knows their contributions matter, there is no telling how far that road can take you.


SIO: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Pt. 2

By: Byrony Treser & Erin Finke
Date: June 25, 2020


DEI: The heart of our SIO  A focus on collaboration

By Erin Finke and Byrony Treser

Collaboration is a key component to ensuring that team members feel valued and included, empowered to bring their best work every day, and that they have a voice in the trajectory of a project or vision. Angie Quesnell, SLP, demonstrates this type of inclusive and collaborative leadership on a regular basis. A recent example of this has been in Angie’s work with developing and building up one of Infinity’s more recent programs, DIG into Mentorship. This program aims to provide our new grads and new hires with the tools they need to be successful not only in their clinical practice but also in living out Infinity’s culture and values. Angie has been instrumental in bringing together different team members’ voices and perspectives to make the program stronger than it would be if just the brainchild of one individual.

Angie states that “inclusive leadership is about giving people value, a sense of belonging, contributing to their confidence, and creating an approachable space.” She acknowledges the importance of the space she creates within her day-to-day actions of those she is engaging with. She is aware of her actions, communication styles, and being genuinely interested and invested in each interaction.

Angie has learned that it is not only important to create a positive and encouraging collaborative environment, but it is equally important to recognize weaknesses and areas of personal and professional growth. She is not afraid to step back and reflect on her own responses, opinions, actions, thoughts, and to challenge herself toward ongoing growth.

Angie has learned that when she owns her own mistakes or weaknesses and shares her story, this helps build empathy and allows others to relate to her more easily. As the team members feel safe, they are more willing to speak up. This creates a safe space for everyone and strengthens the relationships across all the team dynamics.

Through her many projects, Angie has noted that the formation of a strong team starts at the very beginning. When building her teams, she looks for the right mix of values, awareness of the mission, and acknowledgment of areas for growth to bring together. She sets up the expectations for collaboration with direct communication and highlights the importance of being proactive in goals to be addressed and outcomes that need to be met. By establishing expectations from the beginning, everyone starts working towards common goals from the outset. Angie empowers her colleagues to make decisions and work through challenging situations using their own skills and talents, but she also holds them accountable for their actions and performance. This leads to a greater sense of purpose and commitment from each contributor which ultimately elevates the quality of the outcomes.

When working toward any goal, outcome, or project, it is important to stop now and then to reflect on whether you are still heading in the right direction, and perhaps even more importantly, to make sure the rest of your group is still with you. By their very essence, collaboration and inclusive leadership require a community of people to be successful. And when there is that true sense of communal purpose, a clear vision, and each person knows their contributions matter, there is no telling how far that road can take you.

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