My mom has been my first and best teacher, as well as my first and best client. She has faced so much adversity in her life, survived many different kinds of abuse, and continues to fight for optimism and success every day of her life. Despite being put down and controlled throughout her life and relationships, she knows that she deserves happiness, she is worthy, and that she is a leader. With that, she has always shown me that I am worthy, intelligent, and meant to be someone as well – and I realized at a very young age that this isn’t what all young girls had instilled in them. Those young girls turn into women, and as women we have a hard enough time trying to forge ahead as leaders that often this internal lack of confidence and dialogue hold us back even more.
As I jumped into areas I felt passionate about, which all focused around helping others, I quickly moved up the ranks into management and started seeing this in action. I had intelligent, hard-working, passionate, selfless women working with me, for me, and around me who did not realize their own strengths and talent. They should’ve been running the show, should’ve been getting paid MUCH MORE, and should’ve been moving up the ranks quickly as well. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I often had to beg these female professionals to put their hats in the ring for promotions and raises, and they would always come back to me with a lack of confidence sharing that they just needed more time and experience before they should move up, etc. I did not have this problem with the male professionals working with me, for me, and around me. Not whatsoever.
While I’ve pushed and mentored the women within my sphere of influence in my professional and personal life, I realized that is not enough. I need to take my skills and passion for developing, motivating, and supporting leaders, especially female leaders, to the next level. That is where Ladies Leading Ladies has blossomed from. My sincerest hope is that through our conversations and content you are able to grow faster and easier as an amazing, supportive leader.