In a crowded room among many of Chicago's most innovative influencers in the African American community, Six Brown Chicks honored myself along with about 56 other phenomenal women. We were selected by panel of distinguished gentlemen who felt that we were some of Chicago's most distinctive women. Over 1200 nominations were submitted but somehow Go-2-Mommy stood out just enough to make the cut. This honor is one that I am extremely proud of and humbled about for many reasons. For one, I never would have thought of myself as someone that would be honored among so many other women who are much farther along in their professional and entrepreneurial journeys than I am. Nevertheless, I was selected to stand among them. This experience has truly motivated me to do more to assure that I continue to represent the title that has now been added to my accolades.
As a woman, this means that I can stand with my head held high knowing that my contributions make a difference to others around me. As a mother, this means that I have another story that I can proudly share with Go-2-baby. Telling her that mommy has a Masters degree, successful career and has worked with some amazing people is great and all. But to say, someone else chose mommy as a Woman of Distinction among many of Chicago's heavy hitters in various industries, oh that says a lot. My little girl is only a year old, yet I continue to do things to make her proud.
I don;t want to be the parent who waits for their child to make them proud, I want to assure that I always lead by positive example and position myself to be her biggest role model. I believe that just like all great things start at home, all bad things can start at home also. Someone last night said that you don't have a choice at being an example because everyone is an example to someone, She added that you have a choice at if you're going to be a good one or a bad one. Among all the words spoken last night, those stuck with me the most. Mainly because I've spent my entire life being an example for others, be it my younger siblings, cousins, peers or youth I've come into contact with over the course of my work and volunteer efforts.
Last night has encouraged me to work harder at making a difference in the world around me. I don't want to be a mother who only empowers my own child or children, but one who can be a part of that village to assure that the children around her are empowered as well. Her peers may influence her in ways that I simply can't. Nevertheless, I had a great time and I truly felt moved by the power that stood in that room last night. Among the women honored were also Rashada Whitehead, the CEO and President of the agency I represent and Michelle Flowers-Welch, the Founder of our agency. Other honorees I've had the opportunity to connect with throughout my career included Cameka Smith (BOSS Network), Raijean Stroud (Swa-Rai Media), Tamika Price (Dangerous Curves Ahead, A-Line Style), Dawn Valenti and many others who I plan to connect with in the near future.
As a mommy, I truly feel that I am making my child proud and she isn't even old enough to realize it.