I spent this past weekend launching an international movement in Oakland, California called It's Your Turn. This platform allows women to leverage each other's networks in order to showcase each of them and allows for greater visibility for both. You can accomplish this collaboration, according to Joie Gharrity, by leveraging on a 1:1 basis (a double dip); a 1:1:1 basis (a triple dip) or with an infinite number of people in what Joie calls a banana split. (Yes, we like ice cream around here!) There were 60 women in the room with their unique talents, businesses, and platforms and we all came together to learn from each other, develop deeper relationships and build a community that strives to always uplift each other together and tire those old notions that we have to stomp another woman down in order to rise to the top by ourselves.
This community allowed me to showcase my skills of event planning and running events with all the behind-the-scenes that happens, often without anyone realizing how orchestrated everything is. The Dream Team (myself and six others) each had a chance to speak on whatever we felt was fitting. We trusted each other and did not rehearse or make it tie into what the others said. This bit of room allowed for my creativity to come out in a new way. I would like to share a bit of what I said last weekend here:
I came from a family where change was often the norm. I lived in times when we had money and other times when things were very tight. I lived in a home where sometimes it was a single parent family and sometimes it was two adults. I have lived in different states over the course of my childhood. I was also shy and had terrible self-esteem. This could have colored my world so I would become a totally different person than I am today. Instead, it allowed me to become a person that embraces change and doesn't sweat the small stuff. I had many different opportunities in my childhood and, as I became a wiser adult, I thought about all I had learned from these opportunities. I was an avid reader and great at math and science. This allowed me to land in a classroom in the mid-80s that had computers where I learned all about early programming. Through all these transitions I learned to grow and adapt and embrace change. These are the skills that make the life I lead and the business I run possible today!
I love to embrace the journey that God has led me on and discover what growth happened along the path. There is faith when I feel like the path is dark but God is leading me toward growth...and I've read the last chapter, it ends well! Looking at the reasons we each have our own journey allows us to show up big in our business and our lives. You need to show up and be visible and share what you have learned because there is someone out there that needs to hear it.
I want to thank The Dream Team - Joie Gharrity, Sherill Calhoun, Blaze Lazarony, Teri Hockett, and Adria Williams - for giving me the space to say YES to this movement and be VISIBLE!