A Woman Evolves

A fellow team member at Wells Fargo recently asked me to speak to the Women’s Network Group in her region. She had heard me speak at a prior Diversity & Inclusion event on bringing your whole self to work and wanted me to share my message with her women’s group. I was humbled and delighted. More so, I was moved by her sharing that she had been aspired by my message and had decided to make a significant change in her work life and that, as a result, she was now loving life! And that’s what it’s all about: Living the life you love and loving the life you live.

It sounds simple, but I know personally that getting to that place in life is a journey, and that each person comes
to that place in his or her own time. For me it was that moment when I realized that I did not have to choose between my passion for music and my career in law. I did not need to lead a fragmented life, one person in my music career and another in my legal career. Rather,I could bring all of me to all that I do and, in so doing, excel in both my careers by doing what I loved and was passionate about in both careers. That’s the sweet spot! The great thing about all that is that with each phase of my journey, I find more opportunities to learn and grow.

The General Counsel at work recently selected me, along with another colleague, to participate in the 2013 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows program. In this program I have the opportunity not only to engage up close and personal with executives in the corporate world, but also to connect with existing and emerging leaders across the country and build relationships that could last a lifetime.

When I attended the kick-off meeting in the nation’s capital this past weekend, I was a bit dismayed that I appeared to be one of, if not the oldest, Fellows participating in the program. But in the following days as I began to reflect on the opportunity and my experience over the weekend (and even in writing this post), it became patently clear that, though I have come a long way on my journey and have been blessed beyond my imagination in both my music and legal careers, I am still evolving.

Where this new phase will lead me, I am not certain. I do know, however, that I am open to the possibilities and excited about the potentialities.

And so this woman evolves. And, in the process, I know I will do and see amazing things. So, I will keep looking forward and hold my head held high, onward and upward to new growth and goals.

And just went I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew; that perhaps I’ve gone as far as I can go and done all I can possibly do, something inside will pick me up, push me on and make me strong. Why? Because I am still evolving and, frankly, enjoying the journey!

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