I was thrilled to attend Calgary Public Library’s celebration of the 100th International Women’s Day, yesterday. Throngs of women (and a few men!) filled Central Library’s John Dutton theatre for a complimentary lunch and a lively discussion with four notable, entrepreneurial panelists.
If you weren’t able to attend our festivities, then check out our panelists’ websites:
Donna Kennedy-Glans, founder of Integrity Bridges Inc.
Nina Rahal-Kharey, designer for House of Nonie
Lesley Scorgie, author of Rich by Thirty
Lynn Donaldson, founder of Lynn Donaldson & Associates Design and Contracting
As I listened (and live “tweeted”!), I was particularly inspired by Leslie Scorgie’s observations about tenacity. Now a well known author, Scorgie noted that prior to becoming published, she had been turned down by publishers 39 times. The 40th time was her breakthrough, and she hasn’t looked back since! What a great reminder that the things we strive for may not always come easily, but are certainly worth the effort.
On the evening of International Women’s Day, I taught an ESL class at a local school. I asked my students to do the following short speaking exercise: for one minute, tell me about an important woman in your life.
My students (of whom the vast majority are men) talked about their mothers, who make enormous sacrifices for them; their sisters who offer moral and financial support; their daughters, who inspire them to be good parents and hard workers. One of the last students to speak talked about his teacher. I felt tears in my eyes, when I realized he was talking about me!
Women are powerful. We are grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters. But we’re more than just our familial roles. We are teachers, authors, advocates, and successful entrepreneurs. We’re agents of change in our communities and beyond!
International Women's Day is March 8th. Find out more about it by visiting your local library!