Last year, the bottom fell out of the trade show industry. Thinking back, it wasn't so much all in one day-but a slow slide, as companies tried to find ways to stay connected with customers. While the world accelerated toward a new different, 25% of women in every industry had left the workforce by the end of the year.
It was during this time, though it would have been easy to feel surrounded by darkness, I started to listen to the women around me. What were my executive women friends feeling? How were leaders coping with the enormity of their roles remotely? How were they staying engaged? So many women shared their struggles and all were feeling alone–not because they didn't have colleagues or people within their organization in similar roles, but leading remotely requires tenacity, grit, fortitude, and a positive mindset. All while figuring out care and safety for family, children, and friends. Some days, just being, was really hard. Sound familiar?
When doors close, windows open, and we have to be ready to receive whatever is on the other side. In this case, like so many this past year, I started looking forward to creating a life of contribution. How I could make an impact and live my purpose: to lift women up.
What did that mean? Hard decisions, like leaving an industry I’d loved for 29 years. Yes–that is a long time! If you are in a place where you’re trying to sort out your destiny, or feel like you are afraid to make a change, because there is so much still left to do…I hope this helps you.
5 Lessons About Transformation
“It isn't IF you will fail-it is how fast you get up”
Ann Carter shared this quote and I believe it is a mantra that every leader should use daily for overcoming their fear of failure.
Today, I embrace all of these concepts, while I launch both a new podcast and HerCsuite™, a platform for executive women leaders. It is scary, but also one of the greatest moments I’ve ever imagined.
HerCsuite™ is a new, all-in-one, advisory circle & networking membership that creates a simplified experience for women leaders to meet, engage, & thrive. It has everything you need (and nothing you don’t!), in one place, accessible on any device.
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Natalie founded Herpower2 Lead to create products that empower women to make lasting impacts today and into the future. She takes a ‘serve first’ approach to life and has applied this principle throughout her career, serving in leadership positions in business as well as non-profit organizations.
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