Like most girls, I grew up learning of powerfully impactful women in school – women like Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, and Malala Yousafzai. They achieved things that seemed completely unattainable to me. As a young girl, I resigned myself to a life that would leave only a small impact.
Thankfully it didn’t take long for me to notice the powerful impact of those around me. I found mentors in school teachers, music instructors, family members, community leaders, and friends. Each one left her mark on my life in a way that would forever stay with me, teaching me that while I may not achieve historical greatness, my impact on this world as a woman can indeed be powerful.
We are privileged to hear the perspectives of our talented authors as they speak on this month’s tenet: We believe in the model of powerful impact. Melanie gives us an example of how a mentor from her youth left a lasting impact on her life that she chooses to emulate, and Ann tells us of three impactful women starting and/or running different charity foundations. Shelli and Paige provide insight and lessons learned from potentially unexpected sources – chickens and honeybees. Lisa teaches us the importance of learning and understanding before casting judgment, and Tricia describes how loving yourself can help you love those around you.