Last week Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting a group of great women during a American Business Women’s Association Meeting. The Mission of the ABWA “is to bring together business women while providing them with opportunities to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.” You should definitely join them at their next free networking event Spring Fling, on April 28th, click on link for all the details! Also, think about joining as a member of this Association.
(Pictured to the Left, Gilian Abramowitz President of the ABWA NY Chapter & also Sales Associate with the Corcoran Group, Senator Diane J. Savino for the 23rd District of the New York State Senate & Amoy Barnes, Office Manager to Senator Savino & a Young Power Player to look out for, a Diva in the making! Oh, yes I’m there also!)
The guest speaker for the evening was Senator Diane J. Savino and she was dynamic, had a great sense of humor and motivational. She touched on several aspects of her career and how she found herself in politics. She started her political career by accident, she stated. She worked many years as a caseworker for NYC Child Welfare Administration until she was laid off. She then became a labor union activist and moved up quickly in the ranks. Because of her hard work and dedication she was asked by Governor Paterson to run for a position. The rest is history, since then she has sponsored many important initiatives, including the increase in funding for cervical cancer and educating women on the HPV vaccine. She was victorious in the doing away with the five year statute of limitation for a person who commits the crime of sexual assault.
A key point of her speech for me was when she stated that “WOMEN SHOULD SUPPORT EACH OTHER.” She gave the example of very few women being in politics or even wanting to sign checks to show their support of candidates. It’s true! I find that we are strong as women but sometimes don’t want to put ourselves in the forefront. Men have no problem with putting themselves out there, in more ways then one, but women tend to rethink situations, second-guessing our decisions and motives. I am guilty of that, as strong as I am. Senator Savino was great in pointing this out and stating how to overcome some of this thinking. She stated”You don’t listen to that voice that tells you, you shouldn’t be here.” Simple, yet the implementation is an ongoing process. How many times have I been in a room of Attorneys thinking what am I doing here, then I snap out of it, because then I say why not be here, I am intelligent and well-versed. As Senator Savino steps into a room of powerful fellow Senators, Politicians, Lobbyists, Businessmen and the like, she may ask herself the same question, but there is no doubt she has crushed that small voice of negativity to rise to the level she currently holds. We can all take a lesson from Senator Savino!
Senator Savino you’re in my Diva Spotlight! Keep doing what you do!
(Pictured Above Rekha Krishnamurthi, Designer & Owner of Divine dZigns and other wonderful Business Women at the Dinner Meeting)