Share with a few girls what you do professionally and what you enjoy about your position. Speak to a classroom and share perspective about your experience as a female in the career you selected and what education you needed to get there.
How strange that a company with a notably young and vibrant CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sheryl Sandberg as its CMO, instructing career women everywhere to Lean In, should be using an outdated image of what a CEO should look like?
I check email over breakfast, and I definitely sleep and exercise less than I want to. Sometimes, I drink my coffee in the shower. A snapshot of my day would not provide anyone with an ideal picture of balance. But a snapshot of my life would be a whole different story.
I am no longer just a woman anymore. I am a mother. And that will be my defining descriptor from now on. I am a mom before I am anything else. And as much as I honor this new identity, I am also disillusioned by how modern society has defined and condensed my role.
Personally, I think we'd be better off if we stopped arguing about which approach to leadership is better and consider a different way that could be more effective and actually sustainable. I like to call it Integration.
I have lived and worked most of my life in "cultures" that are known predominantly for their discrimination against women. And in every single culture I encountered, there were always women who defied cultural norms to do what they believed was right for them.
Family is not just something you cheat on your career with. A career is not just something you do for dollars even though it robs you of your family. Our families and our careers are both parts of who we are.
We do not all want seven-figure salaries with bonuses if it means our life becomes a 60+ hour work week, insane amounts of stress, no pleasure and the idea that we have to know the football scores if we are going to sit in a room full of men.
If I were to tell graduating students one thing, I would tell them this: the most important lesson I learned this year is that nothing is as scary as it seems. Everything and everywhere is worth exploring. Do what you love.
When contemplating whether you will ask for something you need, ask yourself what's the worst thing that can happen? If we don't ask for what we want, we will never know what we can really have! Good things rarely show up at our front door.
Given the increasing ubiquity of a mobile phone, using this device to learn is the key to educating women in developing nations. If you're trying to reach a woman farmer or business-owner in Kenya, she probably doesn't have a landline or a computer, but she does have a mobile phone.
My question is why should we strive to make everyone equal? Perhaps, instead, women can apply their talents toward making a bigger impact on humanity by 'leaning in' and solving one complex problem, one community at a time.