Right after college I was fortunate enough to land a Fortune 500 gig. I will never forget the day I had my first annual review. It was incredible! I received great reviews,feedback and nothing but praise and accolades from my team members and my boss. But then the tide turned and my boss proceeded to tell me that if I wanted to go further in this company that I needed to tame my assertive and aggressive personality so that others can receive me better and feel comfortable.
I was confused. And you can imagine the look of dismay on my face. I knew that this would be something that would change me forever as a woman. And that change left an indelible footprint on what would end up becoming part of my life’s work.
Like so many of you, work place discrimination and gender bias is something that we deal with each and every day. This is one of the main reasons why I seek to provide ways in which we can bring absolute understanding, resources and opportunities for women in the workplace, particularly mothers.
Next week I will journey to Washington DC our nations capital, to participate in an extraordinary opportunity as a nominee and selected invitee for the State of Women Summit Hosted by the White House, President and First Lady. I along with 5000 other nominees and incredible women are all working to level the playing field for women and children. What an exciting time this will be!!
The Summit will focus on the following topics.
- Economic Empowerment
- Health & Wellness
- Educational Opportunity
- Violence Against Women
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Leadership & Civic Engagement
I have elected to participate in conversations around Economic Empowerment, Education and Entreprenuership & Leadership.
In addition, I will also utilize this time to lobby and meet with some of our nations leaders on Capital Hill regarding:
- Equal pay,
- Paid Family leave
- Early childhood education.
It is my belief that when we invest in mothers and families, we invest in our country.