It was an honor to be invited to the 100 Women Sitting at the Table event this month in Fort Worth, Texas. One hundred women across the nation gathered together to break bread, get pampered, photographed, and share stories of success and failures on their journey to becoming bosses – Life as a Boss Woman. A toast to you Marty McDonald – CEO & Founder of Boss Women Media for putting this event together and bringing women together to celebrate their accomplishments and failures.
I could not allow the month to end without telling this amazing story of women represented from diverse backgrounds, ages, and talents gathering together to discuss breaking the glass ceiling and developing self-love. I was at awe watching the love and camaraderie between women of power and influence. It was especially uplifting to watch all the women in their beautiful array of clothing styles and colors, beautiful big hair (one of my favorites), colorful head wraps, beaded braids, and long tresses; diversity did not get any better than this.
The American Airlines Flight Museum was the venue host and it was beautifully decorated with a red carpet photographer waiting to take your picture to welcome each woman individually. The lunch menu was delicious and successful women ages 16 and above attended from young entrepreneurs to corporate divas.
The Keynote Conversation was led by Chief Audit Officer, Celia Edwards Karam from Capital One Bank – You are Making Impact as a Woman Sitting at the Table. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Harvard University.
Ms. Karam’s advice on leadership roles in today’s workspace was impactful. She talked about leaders responsibility to their employees as it pertains to ensuring access to resources and guidance needed to get the job done successfully and emotional intelligence. Leadership without emotional intelligence can void out leadership skills. “Emotional intelligence forms the juncture at which cognition and emotion meet, it facilitates our capacity for resilience, motivation, empathy, reasoning, communication, and our ability to read and navigate social situations and conflicts.” So many of us think we are born leaders, but we are not. We just have great cognitive skills, but leadership also takes on a roll of mentoring for the success of others, not just personal success, but the success of those we touch and influence.
Thank you ladies for showing us what 100 diverse women bring to the table!
Janet M. Brooks, President/CEO Fortitude Health & Wellness, Inc.