As Senior VP of Creative Services for Minerva Consulting, our latest Modern Muse Vonda Dyer helps organizations “get to the heart/DNA of their work and help them expand their influence and messaging through storytelling and integrated communication services.” Even in her spare time, Vonda helps individuals – singers, artists, fellow church members, family and friends – “find their voice and tell their stories with greater clarity and effectiveness.”
We love how Vonda summed up her life’s work.
“At Minerva, I’ve coined a phrase that we call the #minervasoul which simply means that we strive to create work that bears the essence and heart of something meaningful, more authentic and much more thoughtful than simply making assets and providing services to build a brand. Finding the soul in our work and lives is part of what helps us live with purpose and intention.”
“Nobody builds a relationship with a brand. We build relationships with people who quite possibly might happen to do transformative, inspirational and meaningful work. Working with people, connecting the dots, and making strategic connections is quite definitely, my jam. I’d like to think that I help people tell stories and paint in technicolor with their lives.”
“The broad work that I do helps people to look inside of themselves and/or their organization and begin to see the potential that is already there inside of them. Then I help them define what is possible. Because of this, I am drawn to the hope in stories, the resonance in voices, and the ‘a-ha’ kinds of thinking that make things better than I found them.”
“Whether I am in a meeting or sitting at the piano coaching artists, singing for dignitaries or teaching at conferences and seminars, Skyping leaders around the world or sitting at a table meeting someone over coffee, I’m always trying to look beyond the obvious and discern what is happening behind the scenes.”
“In my daily work, my role requires for me to multi-task between administrating a great many details, while being present in the moment. This requires the ability to listen, invite conversation, think big ideas, collaborate, invite transparency, listen more, create, pray, play, find the humor in things, write, collaborate, invite feedback, strategize, think, speak and repeat. I am always growing in developing this area of my work and life.”
“A large portion of my job requires listening and staying curious. Reading challenges my thinking, listening skills, and leadership style with thinking that goes far beyond my natural way of approaching things. You can always find a growing stack of books at my bedside table.”
“The work that I do empowers women and girls to find their identity and then live out of the fullness of it. As a vocal coach and consultant, I am always listening and looking for the one thing that might open a door to discovery or new found freedom.”
“At Minerva, whether we are helping organizations as they strive to bring an end to human trafficking, advocate for equity in education, create jobs for impoverished women and girls, humanize policy, or bring hopeful solutions to people’s businesses and lives, I find the work to be no different than helping an individual discover hidden talent and potential within them. It is all about revealing what is already there, and letting it come to light.”
What inspired you to do the work that you do/motivates you today? “I have never been impressed with the status quo. I have always felt a gravitational pull to live outside of the box with joy and creativity. I want to model a colorful uncommon curiosity for life, to my girls. I am motivated by helping people unlock their potential, find their own unique voice and tell their stories with greater inspiration and purpose. ”
“The work that I do empowers women and girls to find their identity and then live out of the fullness of it. “
How did you get to where you are and what challenges did/do you face?
“I got where I am today by having a tribe of mentors, coaches and friends who challenge me, speak truth to me and encourage me to face the giants in my life. I got where I am today by saying, ‘yes’ to things and then figuring out how to do them afterward. I got where I am by learning that anxiety and fear are often the hidden face of freedom and discovery, waiting to be found. Lastly, I got where I am today by resting the details of my crazy and amazing life in the faithful hands of Jesus. ”
Who is your she-ro?
“Torri Horness. She uses words to advocate for things that matter. She grew up under my feet and now she is a writer who is becoming known for writing through her journey to wholeness and is often re-tweeted by Brene Brown and others! She is a young singer, songwriter, and poet.”
Gaye Arbuckle is another sher-ro. “Gaye is a mighty warrior for racial unity. She uses her singing to bring unity in Dallas. She is a dear friend, single mom, a force of nature, an award winning gospel singer, a people developer, a mentor, and a woman who brings the message of the gospel and racial healing wherever she goes.”
Do you know a #ModernMuse who has an amazing story to tell? Send us her story to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to know her: 1) Name, 2) Age if under 25, 3) Ethnicity, 4) Location, 5) Relationship to you, 6) Why you think she is a #ModernMuse (what is she doing or has she done to make Inspire, Empower, Impact the world or the community around her?). We’ll let you both know when we’d like to publish her story, send her a few more questions and will share it on our social media channels. Looking forward to your submissions!
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