Madeline Albright once said “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”. I don’t remember where or when I first heard this quote, but it made a profound impact on my view of other women in the workplace, my life and in general. This is why I am immensely proud to participating in this weekend’s PowerUp Weekend.
I grew up being taught that everyone might not be equal in the eyes of others, but they should be. Everyone deserves the same treatment, rights and opportunities. Whether some choose to acknowledge it or not, this is not always true when it comes to women. What is even more disturbing is that women are often the worst culprits when it comes to not being supportive of other women.
I am blessed when it comes to this issue. I am surrounded by many women who not only understand that it is imperative that we support other women but that we spend the time and effort to lift them up, educate them, show them possibilities and provide the resources to get them there. The women I am honored to consider my friends and family, the women I work with on projects like Social Media Club Philly, Philly Startup Leaders, TechGirlz, Girl Develop It and the Philly Women In Tech Summit are amazing! They understand that we bring so much more to advancing and changing our world if we work together and support one another.
This weekend I am privileged to spend my time with another great group of women. Women who will be sharing ways to not only build a great career, but to also have some balance. Women who understand that having a powerful life involves everything from building a career you love to healthy living. Uneeka Jay (@PowerMommy) and her company, Powerful U Media Group have brought together an impressive group of speakers and attendees for sharing, learning and networking.
I am very excited to be attending PowerUp Weekend 2012 and look forward to meeting more women who are working to support, encourage and lift up other women!