I recently reviewed the list of women who were recognized as the Woman of the Year and realized that the women have come from diverse backgrounds and career paths. Each woman on that list and each woman who has been nominated reflects the good work and successes each has had in their lifetime. It is exciting to hear one woman’s story, but powerful to think of how their collective stories can detail the impact women have made in our community, as well as for our families and our workplaces. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross is a well-known psychiatrist. Kubler-Ross wrote: “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Our Women of the Year and all those nominated have revealed their inner light and thus the beauty they have brought to the world.
Too often women underestimate their value and contributions. As women, we often do our work or our volunteer work and take our place as just “something we do, or who we are”. To think of oneself as extraordinary goes against all we have been taught. Yet when you hear the stories you can clearly understand what makes each nominee an extraordinary contributor. In fact, time and again, women have expressed the “why me” statement when nominated. Diane Mariechild is the author of Mother Wit and Inner Dance. She leads workshops and lectures frequently on women. She stated: “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”
Take the time to nominate a woman who shines from within. Consider a woman who is the full circle with the power to create, nurture and transform the world around her. Nominate a woman who supports the professional and personal development of women as leaders. As we celebrate our 30th year each of us has the opportunity to nominate an exemplary woman. What woman or women do you know who connect and empower diverse women while they share their knowledge and abilities? Let’s make this year even more special with extraordinary nominations and celebrate the accomplishments of women in our community.
President’s Advisory Committee Member