Women—one of my favorite subjects! Yet, even I will admit that it wasn’t always this way. I certainly didn’t grow up liking other women much, and in the early days of my career I avoided women as much as I could.
Women are Complicated
Or so I thought. Over the years, I’ve realized the power of girlfriends and how important woman-to-woman connections are. I read the studies that say men live longer when they have wives and women live longer when they have… girlfriends. Yes, it’s funny!
The future will be women. And I mean all kinds of women, especially Femigrants. These are diverse women who gave up everything in their home countries because they believe the American Dream is possible. We came here to kick ass—and many of us are doing just that.
Statistics show that immigrants work harder. They are happier, more grateful, and often more successful. Why? Because we don’t take anything for granted. We had to start from zero and knew it was going to take A LOT of work. And then we worked our butts off. At the very least, we want to make sure everyone who doubted us is proven wrong.
Because we are the colorful fabric from every corner of the world speaking with every imaginable accent, we don’t merely understand equality, diversity and inclusion…
We ARE Equal and Diverse
I first learned about Femigrants from femigrant Aygun Suleymanova who works at Salesforce in San Francisco. We met at the Women of Silicon Valley conference where we both had speaking engagements. She’s everything I like. Interesting, smart, charming, dedicated not just to her work but to a bigger cause. Like me, Aygun is big on women’s advancement.
Femigrants is a movement for female immigrants that was founded by Ika Aliyeva. How much did I love it when both Ika and Aygun asked me to share some of my wisdom with the next generation of Femigrants? Both powerhouses will be interviewing me live from Facebook headquarters on August 18th at 5:30 p.m. via Facebook Live. Please join the conversation.
Are You a Femigrant?
If you are a Femigrant, please do two things:
- Go to the Facebook page and like it. That way you be notified about events.
- Check out the website (Femigrants.org) and read my interview. Please comment and share with your tribes.
If you are (or know) an awesome Femigrant, please tell me! There is a lot of room to share the information and many who need to hear it.
At her lowest point, Beate Chelette was $135,000 in debt, a single mother, and forced to leave her home. Only 18 months later, she sold her image licensing business to Bill Gates in a multimillion dollar deal. Chelette is a nationally known ‘gender decoder’ who has appeared in over 60 radio shows, respected speaker, career coach, consummate creative entrepreneur, and author of Happy Woman Happy World. Beate is also the founder of The Women’s Code, a unique guide to women leadership and personal and career success that offers a new code of conduct for today’s business, private, and digital worlds. Determined to build a community of women supporting each other, she took her life-changing formula documented it all in a book Brian Tracy calls “an amazing handbook for every woman who wants health, happiness, love and success!”
Through her corporate initiative “Why Acting Like a Girl Is Good For Business” she helps companies with gender diversification training, and to develop and retain women.
If you’d like to book Beate as a speaker on New Leadership Balance or Creative Entrepreneurship for your next event please connect with me.