By Pamela Darcy-Demski
LEADERSHIP IS A CHOICE.
Being a mom is a privilege. There is nothing that inspires me more than my daughters’ smile and the light that shines in her eyes when she says, “I love you mommy”. I recently had the opportunity to present to my daughter’s class the JA: Junior Achievement “Our Families” curriculum. (www.ja.org) Junior Achievement works with local businesses and organizations to deliver experiential programs on the topics of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to students in kindergarten through high school. What appeals to me most about this program is the diverse initiative that allows moms, such as myself, to deliver innovative, impactful community-based material that strengthens, engages and inspires our children to become their true potential selves.
As an adoptive mother, I have been given a chance to make a difference in the world. As a leader, a mentor and a guide I stand strong in my role as mother and a champion of change for our future generations—our daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, friends and fellow moms.
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we live our days in moments of freedom. Freedom to have a voice that can cultivate change and further engage and encourage others to connect the dots. Working together as one voice we can all make a difference.
As moms, we can agree there is no greater love than that of a child. Grounded in appreciation, I am thankful everyday to be granted the great fortune and honor of mentoring and guiding my daughter in an ever-changing world. Embarking on this mission, conquering challenges is what inspires me to do better—to be better
election year, there is opportunity to elect the first female President. As a young child I recall a powerful woman who influenced and changed my life forever. Mother to nine children, she was indeed a pillar of strength and a voice for change. I will never forget her words as she told me there would come a day when America elects a female President. This incredible visionary was my grandmother.
If you find yourself asking “what is true leadership today in 2016 and why are there so many moms searching for the answers?” then consider this: “Look around your sphere of influence for an area of affinity that can generate a competition that can mean something more than reaching the finish-line—something that can mean lasting friendship and corporate influence for positive change” (Carnegie & Cole, 2011, p.171). This is the reason why I seek to further my leadership knowledge. Leadership is a choice.
Through collaborative vision, WomenVotes.org has the opportunity to develop a strategic and diverse cultural awareness while removing obstacles and traditional mindsets. Given this opportunity to join forces, I ask you, moms everywhere, to share your insights, unify teams globally and become the voice and inspiration for change. #WomenVotes
Northouse, P. G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Carnegie, D., & Cole, B. (2012). How to win friends and influence people in the digital age. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.