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Women in Leadership

Did you know this month is Women’s History Month? One of my favorite women leaders is First Lady, Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama was the first African-American First Lady, a lawyer, writer, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama.

Michelle Obama has always held a high level of respect towards herself and those around her. When I read Michelle's book “Becoming" I felt like the two of us were more alike than different. Her stories are often similar to my own. As women, we work hard to be seen. I can only imagine the depth of this when you are in the public eye (not only nationally, but worldwide), already under scrutiny and then, imposter syndrome shows up. "Am I good enough?" Michelle repeatedly asked herself. We all ask ourselves this exact thing!

Michelle Obama
“Leadership is not limited to age or status in life” - Michelle Obama

My favorite quote from her book “Becoming” is, "If you don't get out there and define yourself, you'll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” This is even more true in a world with technology. False news can spread faster than a blink of an eye. As a First Lady, you have to define yourself or you will be in the shadow of the President. Her hard work, respect for all people and her passion for other’s success has made her one of, if not the most, well known, liked (around the world) and successful First Ladies in history.

Mrs. Obama has launched several organizations to better serve the people. Reach Higher is the one that stands out to me the most because it is a program that inspires people across the United States to take charge of their future. Whether that is through continued education or professional training programs. This program warms my heart because it aligns with what I get to do, igniting business leaders in their passion and purpose to build the future and lead their industry.

Education, leadership and self belief are extremely important to success in life and business. Obama knew she needed a strong academic record, be involved in leadership opportunities and apply for financial aid in order to reach her highest success.

I am so excited to read her new book, "The Light We Carry". I'm sure I will find even more insight on the strength behind women in leadership. As an amazing female leader, Mrs. Obama modeled for us a great work ethic, motivation to be involved and a belief you are worth investing in your future. I would LOVE to know your favorite female leader.

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