Thank you for the privilege of serving as your president for the next two years. As we work together to move this organization forward, it is my sincere desire to serve in the tradition of Purpose, Principles, Power and Passion.
Over 27 years ago, the Black Women’s Leadership Council came to life with thirteen Black women, who took action to ensure that we would be recognized and rewarded for our worth, knowledge, skills, and successes. Today, we continue with the mission of advancing the company’s business by being a catalyst for personal and professional development, strengthening our bonds with local communities, and addressing barriers in the workplace.
Fresh off the heels of our 2013 Summit – I am still basking in the excitement, sisterhood, and the great knowledge transfer around the theme of “Resilient Leadership: The Art of Managing Transformation.“ Indulge me for a moment to share a few of my reflections.
- Transformation is all around – technology, business models and our own leadership. To remain viable as leaders we need to respond both personally and professionally to our environment.
- Resilience speaks to the speed of response – especially from setbacks. These crucible experiences often become milestones that transform our ability to lead. Our competence in handling these experiences becomes the differentiator. Be ready to manage the comeback.
- Invest in nurturing relationships. Our own Senior Leaders and speakers openly challenged us to align our actions with our desires. They passionately offered to be part of the journey, call on them!
None of the above captures the radiant energy of the attendees, or the spiritual and uplifting experience. New relationships were started or others rekindled. I extend my sincere appreciation to all who made the event a success.
My match is lit and shining even more brightly in the afterglow of the Summit. I am energized to run the race.
How about you?