Thursday, September 12, 2013

An Inspiring Day - 2013 Women Who Mean Business

What an amazing and inspiring day I had, yesterday.  I was lucky enough to attend a luncheon honoring Women in Business.  My mom was one of the honorees.  I have to admit I was not very excited about going at first.  I was excited for my mom but I always feel like a fish out of water, unworthy, and that I don't belong.

Yesterday turned out to be different.  Don't get me wrong, I still felt uncomfortable and like I didn't belong.  However, I was amazed how inspired by all of these wonderful, extraordinary, and amazing women.  It is so inspiring to hear their stories.  Several came from humble beginnings or went through periods of extreme difficulties, but they have overcome the odds and excelled not only in their professional lives but their personal lives.

The 10 women that they honored are great at their jobs.  Which is really good.  What is amazing is all they do outside of their jobs, too.  They are members of so many organizations that make a tremendous difference in the community.  They hold down full time jobs, have families, and find time to volunteer.

I'll say sorry to the men out their, right now, but successful women seem to find the time for everything - family, work, and volunteering.  They can do it all!!  They are great at multitasking, juggling several things at one time, and walking that fine line of balance.  They aren't just successful in one area of their lives.  They are successful in multiple areas, and they make it look easy.

My only disappointment was that there weren't more young women and teens at the luncheon.  Talk about making a difference.  It would inspire these young women.  I made a suggestion that next year that they have sponsored tables for high school student and Faith House (a women's shelter in my area).  This is the perfect thing to let them know that they can overcome the odds, excel, and make a difference.

If you ever get the chance to attend an event like this, go and bring your daughter, niece, students, youth group, etc.  You never know how this will impact them.  Let them see that anyone can grow up and make a difference.

Congratulations to the 2013 Women Who Mean Business:  Maureen Brennan (my mom), Sister Betty Lyons, Simone Champagne, Kelsey Corrigan, Jennifer Jackson, Amy Jones, Pamela Lafleur, Christl Mahfouz, Nancy Marcotte, Jill Butler Merkl, Stephanie Morris, and Angela Morrison.  I hope you continue to encourage and inspire those around you.

If you would like to know more about these amazing women, check out this article from ABiz.  

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