From the momentum of #meToo, #TimesUp and #StandUp, we see a cascade of empowerment through helping each other out . Here are some stories from our community. Add yours too! Can you remember a time in your career where someone did something that helped you out? Perhaps a mentor, or a wise suggestion from a stranger? Write your #LiftUp story, post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and add #LiftUp #PBWC.
Gizelle Covarrubias Robinson
These words from a book by David Whyte represent my relationship with an advocate, a mentor and a friend who lifted me up time and time again. Gone too soon….….
“Friendship transcends disappearance: an enduring friendship goes on after death, the exchange only transmuted by absence, the relationship advancing and maturing in a silent internal conversational way even after one half of the bond has passed on.
But no matter the medicinal virtues of being a true friend or sustaining a long close relationship with another, the ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor the self, the ultimate touchstone is WITNESS, the privilege of having been SEEN by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them, and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.”
I looked up, she waved said hi, I took off my headphones. She introduced herself – the CEO of a media company. She wanted to break the ice, she said, because flights can be boring and it’s nice to meet your neighbor, talk a little. She wanted to know what I did, if I liked it, what I wanted from my career.
“You’re going to rise,” she said. “I can tell that about you.” She told me why she thought so. I asked her about her job, how it unfolded, how she moved upward, who came with her along the way, who did not, and who was at home when she left work at night. She shared everything. Men, women, bosses, kids, employees, collaborators. The easy fun stuff along with the brutal truths of her career trajectory.
The plane was landing and she looked deeply at me. “The hardest lesson is figuring out how to keep everyone inspired, moving forward, moving upward.”
Ten years have passed along with and several career-defining moments and the support of some awe-inducing mentors. When I think about this 90-minute on-plane pep talk, I wonder all kinds of things. And I see, in hindsight, the carpet of my professional life rolling out before me. #LiftUp#PBWC