“I want to live my life, not record it” - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
By: Minda Harts, Founder and CEO, The Memo, LLC
The last two weeks have been a little unnerving in the United States. I wrestled with whether or not I should address our country's tension(s) or move forward with my Blublockers on and pretend things aren’t tense.
I searched for comfort at church, with friends, family, and the news. And yet, I still felt hopeless - the same hopelessness when young lives were taken at Sandy Hook, and the same hopelessness when Trayvon Martin’s life was taken, too. In every situation, I wondered: What could I do? And what does that even look like? Then I got to thinking... Speaking up is so important. Not just with policies, but as a woman in the workplace. If you live in New York City, you always see the signs that read, If You See Something, Say Something. Sometimes, being the only voice can be lonely. Our voices can inspire others to speak up. This led me to think about some actions can we take today:
1) In the Workplace
If you have the opportunity to be part of a committee or taskforce--say YES! If we
take a seat at the table, we become policymakers within our firms and/or organizations. Your first thought might be, “I don’t have the time for this!”-- but when you take a seat at the table, it encourages other women to join you. In the spirit of Shonda Rhimes, channel your Year of YES.
2) In Your Community
If you want to see change in your community, start with you. Find out where your Senators and local government officials stand on the issues that are important to you. Take the next step and give their offices a call. Let them know you are a woman who cares about her community and is holding her government officials accountable. It might even inspire you to run for office (just saying!)
3) Create Healthy Dialogue
Do you remember three-way calling (on a landline)? I have so many fond memories of chatting it up on the telephone with my girlfriends. Back then, it might have been about crushes or whose parents could drop us off at the mall. Take the time to call your girls up and meet for brunch. Talk about it! Talk about everything that’s going on and be a support system for each other. Encourage one another to stand up in the workplace and in your communities. Everything just sounds better over brunch with good friends!
At The Memo, we stand by four core values: Balance, Generosity, Integrity, and Resilience. We live in a time period where everything won’t be solved in a microwave minute, but we can stand by our fellow female colleagues and leaders and let these values be our moral compass. So, the next time you have the opportunity to take a stand, think about our four core values as you engage with one another because together we are STRONGER!