I have never been an active participant in a webinar before, apart from listening to others speak and posting the odd question. But this changed recently. I was one of 15 women who shared their journey in leadership, others provided advice and gave useful tips on how to become effective leaders in several fields.
I was fortunate enough to have annual leave days available and I am pleased I chose to use them for this event. I literally spent 12 hours watching and listening to women from around the world talk and give their perspective on women leadership. Every story, advice, tip was informative, educational, motivating and most importantly empowering.
One particular point resonated with me. Indra Nooyi CEO for PepsiCo in a recorded taped interview, described her mother’s reaction to her news of becoming the CEO of PepsiCo. Her mother said, “let me explain something to you. You might be president of PepsiCo. You might be on the board of directors. But when you enter this house, you’re the wife, you’re the daughter, you’re the daughter-in-law, you’re the mother. You’re all of that. Nobody else can take that place. So leave that damned crown in the garage. And don’t bring it into the house. You know I’ve never seen that crown.”
This stuck out in my mind because it reminded me of the fact that no matter what I do, achieve, or the titles I may acquire, I will always be known as “Sis Pingling’s little granddaughter”, even though she died nearly 20 years ago.
Whenever I meet the older generation relatives, friends and associates I become associated to being my Grandmother’s little girl. You see, I had the honour of being raised by my Grandmother. So it is very touching that she is not forgotten and after all these years she is still remembered and I am still associated to her.
So returning to the point I would like to make, regardless of what we become, or achieve, there are elements of our identity that will never change to those who are close to us. This is a good thing because it will keep us grounded as we aspire to aim high. In addition, we will be reminded as black women of our multiple identities and responsibilities and learn to assimilate them.
If there is a replay of the webinar I would strongly recommend you watch it. I appreciate 12 hours is a long time, but you can always watch a bit at a time. And I guarantee you will gain valuable information and insights from different women’s perspective.
For more information about the webinar event and future events contact Sharon Warmington the organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org