I was networking at a benefit for my local NPR station, sharing a cocktail table with a crowd of women and men. The conversation was flowing and I was having a great time. The two women across the table asked me “What do you do?”
I said, “I’m a career and leadership coach for women and the name of my business is The Superwoman Project.”
How are YOU practicing self-care in the midst of work, family and personal obligations?
Are you taking pause to notice and to lean into any discomfort or confusion you might be feeling? Are you able to see these as entry-points and opportunities to greater self-awareness, as opposed to feeling like a victim to your circumstances, powerless and hopeless?
Last week I spoke on stage to 150 women in Portland, Oregon about why feminine qualities matter at work and how to use your feminine superpowers to excel.
Feminine superpowers are a specific set of qualities in every human being that have traditionally been assigned to the female gender. Things like creativity, curiosity, generosity, receptivity, and compassion. And these qualities are becoming increasingly more important as our economy values a new kind of work -- one that requires innovation, creative thinking, and problem solving.
I'm emboldened by corporations that see the competitive advantage to equal pay and opportunity for women. When the average woman makes about 54 to 78 cents to the dollar every man earns depending on her race, industry and job title, corporations must get behind their female employees.
Last year I spoke to hundreds of professional women from all across the globe who are inspired to find more fulfilling work, up-level their leadership skills and become a strong female leader. As a result, I’ve heard a lot about what’s plaguing the modern day woman when it comes to work and here are the three most common challenges facing professional women:
Last year I spoke to hundreds of professional women from around the globe who are inspired to find more fulfilling work, up-level their leadership skills and become a strong female leader.
Many of the women I speak with feel paralyzed by their circumstances — “I can’t earn money doing what I love, but I hate what I’m doing; I can’t walk away from this career I’ve worked so hard to build even though it’s killing my soul; I don’t have enough time to find a new job because I’m so busy at this one that I hate; If I go back to school, I’m going to be in a lot of debt, but I need more education to do what I want to do.”
This month I've devoted a ton of energy to building out the concept for my book -- a process which has required a fair amount of time working through limiting beliefs, overcoming self-doubt and discovering what I truly feel called to say.
Since my business is named The Superwoman Project, this process has gotten me to thinking a lot about origin stories and how everyday superheroes get their superpowers. And then it dawned on me -- I like origin stories! They are so fun. (And I obviously like superheroes).
My favorite origin stories are Spiderman, Superman and Captain America, and I cannot wait to see the new Wonder Woman movie coming out this spring!
Most great superheroes and origin stories have several things in common: