IWD Inspire Inclusion E-Book

What is the greatest lesson I have learned?

Take time to enjoy the ride. The journey is just as important as the destination. Place your well-being at the top of your list. You don’t have to be the loudest person in a room to get noticed. Actions do speak louder than words. There are many routes to a destination. Don’t hesitate to explore new paths even if they are unfamiliar. Jennifer Edwards Sr. Content Manager, Corporate Marketing Washington, D.C., USA

I was told I couldn’t have children and became pregnant my last year of engineering school. I was put on bed rest, which came with its own challenges, but I never took a semester off and kept pushing. After I had my daughter, there would be days I’d have to bring her to class with me. I struggled with a new baby, working a full time job and maintaining my academics, but I never gave up! The day I walked across that stage and was handed my degree I shed some tears as I thought back on all of the milestones I had crossed to make it there. Nothing is easy in this life, but with the right mindset you can be ANYTHING! Kelsey Bilbrey Reliability Engineer - Reliability Program Mgr. Indiana, USA

Mia Mends Chief Executive Officer, C&W Services Houston, USA

How to live authentically. It’s taken a lifetime of introspection to deeply understand who I am and what I want. I’m more joyful and feel more fulfilled when I’m in spaces that invite me to be me. It is my authenticity that gives me the clarity to navigate complex situations and the courage to lead according to a sense of purpose and conviction. I’m convinced more than ever that you can’t be a good leader without the self-awareness that comes from knowing yourself.


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