Karen Palka is the Founder & Executive Director of A Beautiful Me®. She is a creative person who sees the value in each individual and loves to empower ALL women of ALL ages.
Podcast moment for the week of
April 14, 2014.
Listen to your gut!
A Beautiful Me® podcast airs every Tuesday after the 9:00 am news on
WGRT 102.3 FM in Port Huron, Michigan.
A historical fiction novel that blends actual events with a great story of what might have been true. Melanie Benjamin’s characters have such a strong voice, you forget that it is a novel. As you get a glimpse of what Anne Lindberg’s life was like, how she dealt with the fame of her husband and the misfortune of losing a child you join her as she worked to shape her life as an individual, not, simply Lindberg’s wife.
Cathie Martin is an avid reader and
artist. She has had many
roles in life including
her current position
as News Director at
WGRT 102.3 FM.
A highlight of her job
she says is reviewing
books and interviewing
“Why would I want such a stressful job when I could be at home having babies”?
Someone seriously asked me this shortly after I began my role as the President and CEO of a nonprofit organization that serves southeast Michigan. Age, gender, and leadership are three areas that I grapple with every day.
I am often one of the few women in the room, and at age 33, I am almost always the youngest person in the room. Initially, I struggled with how to build credibility among my colleagues and juggle responding to deeply personal questions about my life.
Being uncomfortable in social situations was definitely new to me. I tend to be on the more extroverted side of things and have always been pretty comfortable in my own skin. It took some time, but eventually I realized that in order to build credibility I needed to be comfortable with myself. I also started challenging myself to “lean in” as Sheryl Sandberg would say. Rather than being quiet in meetings, I made a concerted effort to ask questions and speak up.
At conferences and meetings I also make a point of introducing myself to people that I do not know rather than staying within my social and work circles.
All of these things, plus the opportunity for individuals to see my work, have helped to build credibility among my colleagues. It’s definitely not always, especially in situations where it seems that everyone has known each other for 20 years, but I continue to try and push myself.
I encourage you to try and push yourself in situations where you might feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. Some tips that have helped me include making sure I say at least one comment at every meeting that I attend or introducing myself to at least one new person.
Monique Stanton is a supporter of “A Beautiful Me®” and the President & CEO of CARE of Southeastern Michigan. www.careofsem.com