Join me in celebrating what #LeadingLooksLike

LIMITED_2015_CASTED_ALEXANDRA_B_053_V2_RGB_72dpiI know it has been a while but I have exciting news that I couldn’t wait to share. I am thrilled to announce that I am part of an inspirational campaign launching today by national retailer, The Limited. The “New Look of Leadership” embraces female empowerment and celebrates the many faces of leadership seen today, honoring women who stand out, speak up and push boundaries in their everyday lives.  Earlier this year The Limited set out on a search to find women who they felt embodied a more progressive style of leadership.  The result is 60 women who are being featured from across different professions who inspire women to live an unLIMITED life.

I am humbled to have been selected by The Limited as a fearless leader, and honored to be among 59 women who I find truly inspiring.  But this isn’t only about me or the other 59 women.  This is about ALL the women demonstrating leadership every day in so many ways.  Please join me in representing the modern definition of leadership by snapping a picture of yourself showing how you are leading ever day in every way.  Post it on social media with the hashtag #LeadingLooksLike and join in on the conversation that I and so many other women are participating in by sharing your story.

To learn more about the “New Look of Leadership” visit The Limited’s website.  The stories of the 60 women will be part of a rolling launch starting now and continuing throughout the fall.  I will be featured this coming November along with 18 other women.  You can also read more about the campaign on the Huffington Post and Elle.com.

I love that The Limited is using their voice to send such a powerful message.  They are showing that leadership is not a result of a fancy title or having a team of people that work for you.  True leaders are passionate, stand up for what they believe in, make a positive contribution in the world, inspire others to be their best selves and lead with authenticity.  That can be anyone.  And that can be you.

The Limited “New Look of Leadership” Manifesto – 

Leading is a way of approaching life – and in today’s world, there are infinite shapes it can take.  It’s time the definition fit them all. So we’re calling on leaders of all types to help build a vibrant community of inspirational women. Together, we will recreate the picture of empowerment to reflect the authentic, modern leaders we see every day — answering the question, “What does leading look like?” with you. And her. And us.

Please help me get the message out there.  Share this with the modern woman redefining leadership and let’s show the world what #LeadingLooksLike.

And don’t forget to check me out online, in stores or in a promo-mailer coming to your home in November!

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The Women of EMC Ring the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange

Well, it’s time to share the big news I alluded to in last Thursday’s post.  I was hoping to get ahead of this and post an update in the morning but with all the work that went into the execution of this HUGE event, I missed that window.

Today, the women of EMC celebrated International Women’s Day at the New York Stock Exchange.  We went down to Wall Street and painted the stock exchange purple!

As Presidents of EMC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in NYC, my colleague Madinah McDonald and I rang the closing bell.  For us, this was our moment to showcase our Company’s commitment around diversity & inclusion, but more specifically women in the workplace.  I am so proud to play a key role in EMC’s efforts.

Ringing the bell was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!  And the NYSE was an incredible host.  You think they’ll let me do it again…like next week?

Watch EMC’s Women’s Leadership Forum ring the closing bell here:

 

 

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The women of EMC are ringing the bell

 

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Presidents on the Trading Floor: Madinah McDonald & I!!

 

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Let’s #makeithappen. I’m ready to ring the bell!!

 

Shining the “Spotlight” on Gender Equality

Strong Females in Entertainment

 

Tonight I am writing my weekly post at the 11th hour, literally.  I couldn’t resist TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday!) on ABC.  I watched the season premiere of Scandal and then watched the series premiere of How To Get Away With Murder. I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy, sorry! Do you know what my favorite thing about these shows was tonight?  Watching two strong females in lead roles kick some serious butt!  I am all about women power and ABC is doing a good job of portraying women as smart, savvy leaders.  Tonight’s episode of Scandal even included the underlying issue of unequal pay for women with a government that is actually trying to get a bill approved in our favor.  Our Washington representatives should take a cue from them. And I loved when Olivia Pope spoke during the press conference and, as if she had read my About Me page, and stated that women still make $.77 to every man’s dollar.  OK, maybe she didn’t read it but one day…

And on the topic of gender equality, did you see Emma Watson’s speech at the UN launching HeForShe?  She gave an incredible speech about why gender equality is as much a men’s issue as it is a women’s issue.  But of all the points she made, the one that most resonated with me is that we live in a world that sets the expectations of a women’s role at a young age.  “When I was eight, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media. When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y.’ When at 18, my males friends were unable to express their feelings; I decided that I was a feminist.”  We need to break the cycle by teaching the young girls in our lives that they can do ANYTHING that a boy can.  There are no limitations.  By the way, the same is true for young boys.  We need to instill in them that they are capable of doing anything a girl can do. No more “that’s for boys” or “that’s for girls”.

What a week for women! I look forward to the day when gender equality is only discussed in history books because its no longer an issue in our society.  Until then we must continue to bring awareness to it.

If you missed Emma’s speech, watch it below.

Enjoy the weekend!