I saw this artwork at a local hotel gift shop and it moved me. I’ve hung it here in our offices at the CWCC. I’m reminded that on our journey to growth in the workplace, sometimes it doesn’t feel like a new day is on the horizon. Some days are tougher than others. There are more hurdles to overcome, issues to navigate, and problems to solve; in both work and life. I know for me, my network and tribe is absolutely essential to my growth and success. I absolutely would not be where I am in business or life without it. And this picture served as a reminder to me of it. In our work, whether we realize it or not, we are creating a new day for women.
According to the American Management Association, one of the common characteristics of million-dollar businesses owned by women is that they take advantage of professional advisors. Beyond the obvious use of lawyers, accountants, and a board of directors, these women often belong to highly selective advisory groups. Members of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), maintain that their peer advisory groups have helped them achieve greater business success through the processes of confirmation, collaboration, confidentiality, and connections.
On any journey where we’re trying to create change and growth, there are setbacks and hurdles. Two steps forward, one step back. And when you join us, you’re going to find like-minded women and men that are passionate about helping you succeed. Every event you attend, every program you take part in is meant to help you build organic and real relationships with people that will help you increase your network, build your business and career, and create sustainable change. But you have to engage in our mission and really participate. That means coming prepared with your whole self. Not just coming to sell, but bringing your passion for our mission and showing up to truly get to know one another. There are so many opportunities to engage, but one of my favorites are our peer groups. They are designed to put women in similar places in their careers and business stages together to problem-solve, innovate, and grow. I truly encourage you to join one. Fortunately, I get to be a part of all of them and have personally witnessed the transformation and growth of businesses and individuals as a result.
So keep charging forward! Even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like a new day, I feel confident that many years from now I’ll look back and realize that it was.
Kristen Blessman, President & CEO
Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce