It was nearly six years ago when I was invited to speak at an Intel event for its women employees. I was asked to talk about my career and some of obstacles I had to overcome to get there. It was the first time I remember being brutally honest about some of the personal challenges I had faced through the years and the first time I allowed myself to cry on stage. The response from the audience that day was so overwhelmingly positive I knew sharing my story needed to be part of whatever I did moving forward.
What I discovered that day is that women – no matter where we are in life or how we got there – all have a story. Sharing our personal journeys – the good, bad and the ugly – can have a tremendous empowering effect on each other. From that day forward I started writing a magazine column detailing some of my most personal experiences about motherhood, relationships, career, family. That eventually led to more speaking engagements and the creation of a women’s group I call the Sisterhood of Super Women. The purpose of our group is to bring women of all walks of life together who share a common passion for community and charity.
Every other month we pick a different charity or organization to support. We bring a representative in to talk about what they do and the impact they make in the lives of those they serve. Sometimes we even hear from a person whose life has been transformed as a result of the services they received from that particular organization. We open our hearts to learning about ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the community that we may not have known about and we open our wallets to support their cause. For two hours, every other month that we meet for lunch, we are empowered by heartfelt work that sometimes goes unnoticed and by each other and our individual strengths, passions and desire to pay it forward. I am constantly amazed at the incredible things we women can accomplish when we help each other.
As most of you know, I recently launched my own media business. If you would’ve told me a year ago that I would be running my own company I never would’ve believed it. I thought I knew nothing about what that would take but in the process, have realized I know a lot more than I have given myself credit for. I have a network of smart women to thank for that – women who know a heck of a lot more than me and have been willing to lend a hand in helping me reach my goals. All I had to do was ask. For months I’ve reached out to women I know and even those I don’t asking questions, taking notes and developing connections and new friendships. I wanted to become my own boss so I could continue to do the kind of work I did as a television journalist – but with the flexibility to be present for my family. I’m doing that now and I’m doing it because an amazing network of women leaders, bosses and friends have been willing to share their time, talents, advice and support. I am so grateful for each and every one of them.
There is power is numbers when it comes to women — because when one woman succeeds — we all succeed.