I participated in a leadership program through the Mecklenburg County Bar Association early in my career. One of the other participants, a seasoned lawyer commented, "There is more to life than work and family." She was already a mom. I had not yet decided that motherhood would be a part of my journey. However, what she shared resonated with me.
After she made that comment she discussed the sometimes thankless job that is motherhood and her career challenges. She said that if one only focused on work and family you might feel inadequate. For those reasons, she volunteered her talents and treasure to non-profit boards and preserved her friendships. She said that if you spend at least some of your time devoted to causes you believe in that are grateful for your contributions, and spent time with friends who only want to share your time, both your career and your family life were sweeter. I tend to agree with her.
These photos reflect my time with my friend Ayana after an event last week for a board that I serve on, The Women and Girls Foundation. The organization just launched a three year strategic plan. The primary issue that we'll be working on is paid leave. The organization is also actively working to create a world where women are paid equally, are able to live safely, and enjoy the same opportunities as men. In a word, we are creating a Femisphere!
After hearing about that, Ayana and I couldn't wait to toast to the cause privately and catch up on our lives. It was great and I was grateful that I was simultaneously able to serve my community and enjoy some girl time in one evening. Here's to good causes, camaraderie, and cocktails!