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Connie Armstrong

About 2016-17 MWL President Connie Armstrong:

Connie Armstrong is Associate General Counsel for McGough Construction Co., Inc. in St. Paul. Providing legal representation, guidance, analysis and services to protect the legal rights of McGough and assist in achieving its objective of “Building Exceptional Experiences” while maintaining its tradition of quality and craftsmanship.  

Connie is a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard, currently assigned as the Deputy Mission Support Group Commander at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth. She has been a member of the Air National Guard since high school and, prior to earning her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 2006, received an undergraduate degree from the University of Alaska – Southeast and a graduate degree from the University of La Verne while employed with the Alaska Air National Guard. She has been an active member of Minnesota Women Lawyers, first serving as the treasurer for the St. Croix Valley Chapter and on the Board of Directors since 2011. She has also been actively involved with the Minnesota Defense Lawyer’s Association for several years, speaking at its events and serving on its committees.  

Connie Armstrong's From the President feature in the Spring 2017 Issue of With Equal Right

Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  ―  Carl Jung

The initial impetus behind the “going green” movement was the realization that we need to be good stewards of our planet, and ensure that we leave it in a condition that is considerate of, and sets an example for, those who will occupy it in the future. Looking out for the interests of someone other than ourselves, particularly individuals who we may not know personally, is a quality that is both generous and admirable.

I recently attended a women’s conference at St. Catherine University aimed at developing leaders and leadership skills. The conference (co-hosted by its Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program, the Master of Business Administration program, and its Center for Sales innovation) was entitled The Leadership Imperative: Connecting Purpose to Action. The focus of the program emphasized that, similar to “green” efforts to ensure we leave a healthy planet for the future, each of us has a role to play in creating our future and an ability to influence the future of others.

While I am not normally an individual with introspective tendencies, the messages from this conference struck a chord with me. Each of us has a purpose in life. That purpose can be thought of in many different ways – the “why” we exist, “what” brings us joy or “how” we describe our genuine reason for being. It is up to each of us on our journey through life to ask ourselves what we believe our purpose to be. However, that is only the first step.

As the conference title reveals, it is being able to connect our purpose to action that gives us the opportunity to do something of significance. It need not even be something that you personally consider to be a “big deal”. It is the impact your actions have on others that makes the difference. Simply being brave enough to use our passion to do something that has a positive effect on another person or an organization is the goal.

As I have mentioned previously, I am a firm believer in the importance and meaning that sharing stories can have on others. This simple willingness to reveal a little of yourself to someone else can inspire them in ways you may not truly appreciate or understand. It was through each speaker offering up examples of what they were passionate about, and describing how they utilize that passion to effect change in the lives of others and the organizations to which they belong that was most revealing. Simple actions often are the most profound and can have the greatest effect on individuals and influence them to also examine their strengths, determine what brings them happiness, and to take action.

The conference takeaway was that only once we have successfully connected our purpose to action can we demonstrate the way to “a better future for ourselves, our families, our communities, our workplaces and our world.” I encourage each of you, if you have not already, to discover your purpose in life and take action to make a difference

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