On Tuesday, January 12, Women’s Business Council hosted another inspiring presentation entitled “Speaking Your Truth, The Power of Authenticity” presented by Albany Med Cardiologist Dr. Suzie Mookherjee. She challenged us to explore the true power in being authentic. Starting with a new year and a clean slate, the program came at a perfect time. We are prioritizing and setting goals for ourselves which means sometimes we need to say “no” in order to come closer to our authentic self. I had the opportunity to speak with some of the women in attendance. Here is what they had to say about how they are making an effort to radiate their authentic selves.
“This year, I have pledged to be more organized. When I am more organized I know when to say yes, when to say no, and when to delegate. When I am more organized, I am more focused and active on committees I am passionate about. I enjoy mentoring women, especially in the area of finance.”
– Kim Rainey
“My goals for this year are to complete my degree and strengthen partnerships with local organizations in order to build on my professionalism, collaboration and leadership skills.”
“I am carving out time for my family and I making sure I have quiet time each day. I feel closer to my authentic self when I practice yoga, tai chi, or play Apples to Apples with my family.”
“I recently made a career change into my true calling in the nonprofit realm. I am grateful because I feel I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I am spending more time with family and making an effort to travel less. In my new role, I have the opportunity to showcase how the arts are revitalizing downtown. One of the many programs Palace Theatre has to offer is the arts in education program in collaboration with Park Playhouse. For example, there’s a great schedule lined up of family movies offered at no cost in the summer months.”
“I have four buckets. If an opportunity presents itself and it’s not one of my buckets, I say no. My buckets are 1. Spending time with my husband. 2. Building my business. 3. Running (I’m a marathon runner) and 4. Sharks. (I love sharks).”
“This year, I am finding out who I am. I left my career behind in Tennessee three years ago and in the past, I wasn’t focused in one area because I was new to the area. This year I have pledged to focus on me and do the things that make me happy. My career makes me happy and I am working on advancing my career. I am learning to say no. My daughter doesn’t have to go everywhere and it is OK for her to spend time with her dad while I read a book. I also enjoy CrossFit. When I lift, it is just me doing the lifting. It gives me focus and I feel I am taking back my own power. My new focus has already made a difference and when I spend time with my family, I have more quality time with them.”