The call for us to be authentic is increasingly loud. But what does authenticity really mean? And how can women develop authentic approaches to life?
The United Way Women’s Leadership Council celebrated Women’s History Month with a morning event featuring a real and honest panel discussion and Q&A focusing on truths about how life is all about doing what you love, figuring out your own personal balance or harmony and just giving yourself permission to not always know the answer.
A HUGE thank you to our moderator and the panelists for sharing their insights on what being authentic means in their lives.
- Zoraida Sambolin – Weekday Edition co-anchor of NBC5 News Today and Event Moderator
- Kathleen Henson – Founder and CEO of Henson Consulting, Inc. (WLC Co-Chair)
- Dorri McWhorter – CEO of YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago (WLC Co-Chair)
- Nicole Johnson-Scales – SVP, Community Development for Fifth Third Bank
Here are a few highlights from our conversation:
“Don’t count your responsibilities and compare them to others. You might just become resentful and create your own monster.”- Nicole
“Every hour should be purposeful because that’s all we have.” – Dorri
“Don’t have a weekday and weekend you. Being authentic is being you all the time.” – Kathleen
“When someone is speaking badly about you or someone else. That person is most likely hurting. And realizing this gives you the opportunity to come from a place of compassion.” – Nicole
“They aren’t mistakes; they’re unplanned life experiences.” – Dorri
“This thing you’re worried about…Are you going to care about it in seven hours, seven days, seven weeks, seven months or seven years? Keep things in perspective.” – Kathleen
CLICK HERE to view photos of the event.
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