This month I share with one of my favorite groups of people—WOMEN! And not just any women, but Women of the World (WOW). The beauty and joy of what I have the honor of being in life, is sharing timeless truths that allow each of us to become and live out the most tremendous versions of ourselves.
I grew up in a man’s world. I was the only girl in my Sunday School class, in my neighborhood, and at many of my father’s speaking engagements. This lifelong integration was so organic I became comfortable with and respected by the opposite sex from an early age and into adulthood. I learned everything from them—how men of character spoke, led, served, and conducted their businesses and lives. When it was time to leave home as a young adult, I chose military schools and worked in male-dominated industries to hone my leadership chops and grow professionally.
It wasn’t until I put my entrepreneurial cloak on decades later I began observing a significant shift in the demographics of meetings and events I attended. I never considered myself a women’s speaker exclusively, because the lessons I’ve learned are not gender unique. Plus, I had countless incredible men pour into me and continue to do so. I realized early in life I would not be anywhere close to where and what I was today without the influx of a variety of perspectives.
But this month, for the first time, I find myself in front of three groups of women from across the globe. Next week I travel to Kampala, Uganda, hosted by my dear friend, fellow scholar, and founder of the Pastor’s Discipleship Network, Dr. Richmond Wandera. I have two days of sharing with tremendous Women of Influence who are changing their country and culture in remarkable ways. Later in the month, I find myself back in my home state of Pennsylvania where I am meeting with the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) new chapter for female entrepreneurs called Women Excelling. I then finish up April with a trip out to Quincy, IL for a Women in Leadership retreat hosted by my dear friend and fellow leader Chamber Director, LaTonya Brock. And even though it's not until May, I have to share another tremendous women's group I'll be sharing with, and that's the Women in Energy Conference where they connect and empower women in the energy industry.
I am delighted to share with my fellow women leaders and culture crafters from across the globe. I am also thrilled to connect with so many of my stateside sisters as we cultivate our leadership skills and collectively raise up our emerging daughters. Although I grew up in a man’s world, I am ecstatic to see how women have come into their own in a universe filled with infinite and collaborative opportunities that bring out the best in all of us.