Each of us has our own unique story created by the ups and downs we’ve faced to get where we are today. These stories have power that can reach beyond ourselves and impact those following in our footsteps.
Inspiring women share their journeys of challenge and triumph, from being their own career champion and overcoming adversity to finding their own voice and confidence to growing their network and personal brand, these leaders will share real-world stories about getting promoted, being heard and getting noticed.
Lama Abu-Amara, Manager, Cybersecurity Practice – IT Risk Advisory at CFGI, shared her story as a 17-year-old Jordanian student who overcame the challenges of being alone in a new country, a lone female in an engineering school, who built a family, a career and a full life here in America. Her advice is to keep these three things in mind: change is just a phase, discomfort equals growth, and aspiration leads to inspiration.
Camille Tate, Head of Talent at Strava, offers this caution: Don’t assume quiet people have no power, nor that loud people automatically do. It’s not the volume, but the meaning and the action behind your voice that gives it power. Her story was about finding her voice and learning how to speak up on her own behalf. Her advice: To empower your story, surround yourself with people who cheer you on and support you.
Jessica Zweig, Founder & CEO of the SimplyBe Agency, wants us to know that our best stories are authentic ones. Be honest and transparent when you tell your story. Let your outside story match your inside story, and remember that even the most successful among us didn’t start out that way. No one has had a straight line to success. Don’t be afraid to share what went wrong as well as what you learned.
As the inspiring women featured in this program shared their journeys of challenge and triumph, we learned through real-world experiences how to:
be your own career champion
find your own voice
build your confidence
grow your network define
refine your personal brand
We want to thank our “storytellers” for sharing their stories about being noticed, being heard, and being promoted. They empower us through their retelling.
To feel the full impact of these three compelling stories or if you were unable to attend, view the replay here. Feel free to share on social media with the tag @ARAmentors.
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