To become an inspirational leader, your definition of success needs to be about more than just creating revenue – it should also include having a positive impact in the business environment and the community at large. Over the years, we’ve witnessed many women in leadership positions collaborate and inspire others while achieving higher levels of success for themselves. Many female leaders are inclined to communicate in ways that influence people to work toward a common goal. Their capability of building and sustaining relationships with others has fostered success in many businesses throughout our communities.
In this issue, we’re delighted to highlight “Women to Know in 2021.” These women come from different cultures and backgrounds with diverse qualities, and they’re ushering in a new era of leadership. They’re not bound by gender, but rather by action. Meet these influential women starting on page 8. And if you enjoy that, be sure not to miss “The Top 4 Most Influential Women in the History of Medicine” on page 26.
There’s something about change that’s exciting. Perhaps it’s the anticipation of what’s to come that we find terrifying yet exhilarating, as we enter into a new season following the end of an unprecedented global pandemic. Think about this for a minute: what other event in our planet’s history has literally brought the entire world together while absolutely isolating everyone simultaneously? Not every country fought in either of the world wars, and while there have been other isolating pandemics, we didn’t have the benefit of technology to connect to people everywhere on the planet like we do today.
I now find myself trying to break out of my home routine and get back into the work groove. My thought is to revisit old methods but with a new approach. I don’t know about you, but COVID really put things into perspective for me. I want to evolve into a better version of myself, and I certainly want to live my life to the fullest, be more effective, and experience real happiness every day. Regardless of where you are in your life, read “6 Simple Ways to Find Joy in the Midst of Upheaval” on page 24.
Let’s celebrate America this 4th of July. There’s no question our country is far from perfect, but when we look around the world today or revisit our historical past, we get a sense of the challenges we’ve often experienced throughout history. I’ve come to the conclusion we don’t have to be political to be patriotic, and we don’t have to agree on what it means to be patriotic to love our country.
July 4th has always delineated the beginning of the high season of summer, and this year is no exception. Flowers are in bloom and their glorious scent permeates the air amid warm evening breezes. The sight and sounds of local concerts and free movies playing in our parks remind us – we’re truly back!
From time to time, it’s good to remember we have choices in life. We possess the ability to take action and make our own decisions, as well as the freedom to pursue our lifelong dreams. As an independent and successful businesswoman, I can honestly say that without a doubt, we’re the luckiest people on earth. While enjoying hot dogs, funnel cakes, fireworks, and vacations this summer, let’s also give thanks for the freedoms we’ve been blessed with.
Until next time, be kind, laugh a lot, love more, and stay healthy!