Name: Anne Troka
Business Title: Community Engagement Manager
Company: Sargento Foods Inc.
Favorite Musician: Neil Diamond (The only 5 music concerts I have been to in my life) and Donny Osmond (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat Broadway Musical)
Favorite Vacation: London (college girlfriends), Kauai Hawaii (Honeymoon) and Walt Disney World (family)
Favorite Restaurant: Capital Grille
EMPLOY HUMANITY: What is in the DNA of a servant leader?
ANNE TROKA: The DNA of a servant leader is one who cares for each individual, the whole person, also known as “Curas Personalis” a Jesuit educational principle I learned to live at Marquette University. Being a servant leader means you use both your heart and mind and are focused on the common good; using your gifts and talents to help all others become better. In my life and work, collaboration and collective genius make the difference. I am an active member of many community, county and state-wide groups that bring together business and education. We encourage sharing of successful ideas and best practices to help others learn more quickly from past experiences and move everyone forward together. The initiatives I help to create and implement connect students and employers – future employees – helping both achieve success, which ultimately makes people, our economy and our state stronger together.
EMPLOY HUMANITY: What has been the most important factor(s) in your leadership development journey?
ANNE TROKA: The most important factor in my leadership development journey was balancing my career with being a mom to my four sons. After graduating from Marquette University I started and grew a successful career working in Milwaukee, Chicago, Kenosha and Louisville for 10 years. Then I became a mom. I made the decision to become a stay at home mom, which four sons later was a 10 year commitment. During that time I free-lanced, volunteered and became a part-time executive director at a non-profit organization. Five years ago I returned to work full-time in my current position at Sargento. My professional leadership development journey in my career combined with my personal leadership development journey helping my children grow to their highest potential showed me my true calling to help all others achieve happiness and success. In my position at Sargento I am able to help current and future employees find the right careers at the right company at the right time in their lives.
EMPLOY HUMANITY: How does Emotional Intelligence, the awareness and management of your own emotions and the emotions of others, play a role in your leadership?
ANNE TROKA: Emotional Intelligence is vital to building positive and impactful relationships with people. One of the most important thing I’ve learned is adjusting my communication style with each person I meet. During my studies at college I went from being an English Major to Communications and Public Relations Major. I discovered I love listening to people, companies and communities with the intent to truly hear what they think and feel and then create strategic marketing communications action plans that achieve goals and objectives. Listening to understand, showing that I care for others, and focusing on adding value have led to personal and professional success.
EMPLOY HUMANITY: Who has made the most positive impact on your life and what is this individual’s attributes?
ANNE TROKA: My father has made the most positive impact on my life. His faith, hope and love have been constant throughout my life and my children’s lives. My life has had peaks and valleys. At each milestone, he always told me trust and have faith. Most importantly, keep moving forward focused on doing the right things. My father has a 60 year career in Dentistry. His passion is taking care of his family, his patients and serving as parish council president and lectern at our church. You can always find him in one of three places – at home, at the office or at church. Throughout his life his constant is always to trust, have faith, hope and love. The one thing I do not have that I hope I start to get is some of his humor; he is the only dentist I know that has his patients laughing while in the dental chair and who consider him their friend and family.