Women’s History Month commemorates the vital role of women within American history and society, paying tribute to historical women who have paved the way for the next generation of trailblazers. Here at Creative Circle, we want to celebrate our network of influential women leaders and learn about what has uplifted them along the way. This month, we’re highlighting the voices of our Circlers with everything from their favorite female leaders to advice to their past selves – we want to share it all!
1. What advice would you share with your younger self?
Advice that I would share with my younger self is don’t be afraid to believe bigger. Your capacity isn’t limited by what you can see in front of you.
2. Who is an influential female figure in your life?
An influential figure for me would definitely be Sarah Jakes Roberts. Through her personal story, podcast, and sermons, she’s shared so much wisdom and gems that are so relatable and empowering all at once.
3. Which women helped you create your Creative Circle community and how?
There are so many women within the CC community that I can credit. Melissa Sanchez was the first person I interviewed with about 7 years ago and, to this day, she is someone I respect, admire, and look up to. She’s a BOSS in every sense of the word, she leads with kindness and is always so positive. As I grew within my role over the years, I knew that those were the same characteristics I wanted to have as a manager with my team. A few others are Amanda Miller, Lauren Ferrara, Lauren Schellenbach, Shaunda Lambert, Mona Estephan, Valaencia Thompson. The list could go on and on.
4. What do the women in your life mean to you?
The women in my life mean everything. Community is extremely important to me and cultivating strong relationships, especially with women, has been key to my growth both personally and professionally.
5. What are some ways you’ve felt supported as a woman during your career? Who has supported you?
Some ways that I’ve felt supported by other women have been in how they’ve affirmed me, corrected me, and shown up for me. I have been fortunate enough to have a whole tribe of women who I can call on at any time to pour into me in this way.
6. If you had to invite one inspiring woman to a dinner party, who would it be and why?
That’s a great question! I would invite Oprah Winfrey to a dinner party. Aside from the great conversation, I imagine we would have, I also would like the opportunity to personally thank her. Her life is a testimony of what it means to live life with purpose. Through her life’s purpose, she’s been able to impact and transform so many lives.
7. What do you love about being a woman?
What I love most about being a woman is knowing that life continues through us. We are that one! Period!