Monday, March 26th

Name + title: Lisa Martin, Executive Pathfinder and Leadership Coach

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On supporting other women: I strongly believe the adage “United we stand, divided we fall” is the underpinning of women’s success. This maxim is often used in battle. It means if you fight as a group you have a chance to survive and live. If you are scattered at different posts, you may be injured and die.

To me these six words clearly say that as women unless we join together, we are destined to fall apart…on so many levels.

When women unite and act as catalysts for each other’s aspirations – whether those visions are corporate excellence, philanthropic prowess, or domestic divaness (yes, I just made up that word) – magic occurs. We stand up for our greatness.

When I witness women supporting each other, I witness real connection, real power, real love.  And we can all use more of that!

Why Lisa rocks: In 2000, I established Lisa Martin International – a coaching and consulting firm specializing in empowering women to thrive. Through my bestselling book Briefcase Moms, my coaching programs and one-on-one executive coaching, I’ve been privileged to help thousands of women achieve career and life success on their terms.

I volunteer for many groups that support women. I am a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory Council, a committee member for the YWCA and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, a mentor for the Women in Leadership Foundation, and have been a volunteer facilitator/mentor for the Women’s Executive Network. I’ve also donated my speaking services to a number of non-profit women’s groups, including Canadian Women in Communications, Wired Women, Dress for Success, and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.

Recommends: I love movies, good movies, movies with strong, three-dimensional women.  A recent favourite film of mine that illuminates the importance and impact of women supporting women is The Help.

In The Help we get a glimpse of how some women can seek to undermine their sisters and the divisiveness that can result. But more importantly we see how women gain strength from sharing their stories, their heart’s desires, their lives.  As viewers, we experience on a visceral level women feeling each other’s pain at the deepest level then drawing from a bottomless well of compassion to heal the hurts, rise above current circumstances, and believe in themselves – in a better future.  This is blindingly beautiful to me.

A couple of quotes from the film that really stuck with me are:

Constantine Jefferson says to Eugenia: “Every day you're not dead in the ground, when you wake up in the morning, you're gonna have to make some decisions. Got to ask yourself this question: “Am I gonna believe all them bad things them fools say about me today?” You hear me today? “Am I gonna believe all them bad things them fools say about me today? You hear me today?” All right? As for your mama, she didn't pick her life. It picked her. But you, you're gonna do something big with yours. You wait and see.”

Aibileen Clark says Mae Mobley: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”

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