Jan. 21, 2017 marked the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. Countless women swarmed our nation’s capital to stand in solidarity. Many rights were represented that day yet inarguably the underlying driver was one of the
Whether we realized it or not, in a class of 60 executives with only eight women, we had been quietly marching all this time. Despite all the women’s rights movements throughout history, women in leadership are still grossly underrepresented. Yet in the
An entrepreneur who lost her father at a young age yet stepped up to the
Together we were marching that day. And we had been for almost two years.
Leadership looks different on every
Leadership demands sacrifice. Leadership demands hard work. Leadership demands integrity. Leadership demands commitment. It is not a one-day event. It is not an easy ride. It’s staying committed to helping others advance even after all the news cameras have left the scene. And your fellow protestors get pulled back to everyday realities. When the school work is demanding. When you get passed up for the promotion you had been vying for. When the industry takes a turn for the worse. It’s about quietly and steadfastly marching on.
The Women’s March on Washington garnered worldwide attention, yet it is the everyday commitment to these values that will promote more women into leadership positions. The tide will not be turned through complaints, one-off conferences or more segmented group efforts. It will be changed through an undying work ethic. It will be changed through the pursuit of lifelong learning. It will be changed as women continue to rise to be the best in their field. It will be changed through the service of others. It will be changed when the negative hold of a victim mindset is replaced with an empowered call to duty. And it will be changed when we become a voice for those that have no voice. The true change will happen when both men and women alike embrace their leadership skills, develop their God-given talents fully and commit a lifetime to march for others.
Chris Staffel, ’17, executive MBA student