Who is your inspiration? Amelia Earhart was a pioneer in aviation and an inspiration to the world showing women they could succeed at their dreams. I have had the picture above in my office for the last 7 years – part of the Apple “Think Different” campaign. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and racked up other accomplishments throughout her career. Her mysterious disappearance in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe was a tragedy to her supporters, admirers, and nay-sayers across the United States and throughout the world. Although her “public” career was brief (less than a decade, 1928-1937), her fame was used to advance commercial aviation and more importantly promote the advancement of women. Earhart followed her passion, she wanted to fly – and she did.
Despite political views history was made this past week. Hillary Clinton became the first ever female presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States. Her unsuccessful bid in 2008 make cracks in the “glass ceiling” but did not crack it until now. No, she is not president…that is yet another glass ceiling to be broken whether it is by Hillary or a future candidate.
This weekend I have officially launched my new small business FinanSynergy. After months of wading through business ideas rushing in my head…everything from a durable boys clothing line, to healthcare billing service, I realized I LOVE what I currently do. I LOVE financial statements and forecasting the future of organization. I LOVE doing long-range financial planning for business. I LOVE figuring out how changing products or service lines will impact the bottom line in the future. I LOVE making a financial road map for managers, directors, and executives to understand where we are and how are we going to get there with each stop on the way.
Although the content on my social media sites is not perfect, my idea is solid and executable today. I want to support other nonprofits – they all have a vision and mission. Are they stuck in the details and not able to work on that vision? I want to help. I want to show them they can jump from lily pad A to lily pad B and eventually get to lily pad Z. Committees and Boards do a lot of planning – but it many times finance is left out of the conversation. There should always be a financial representative to ask critical question in strategic planning sessions.
Women-owned small businesses have extraordinary owners. I spent my Saturday morning with several and it blew my mind what the women in the room were doing or had accomplished. Women give other women support and encouragement and constructive criticism which is embraced in a non-threatening way. I work for predominately middle-aged white males who wear suits. Small talk with men for me is difficult – harder to find similarities. Yes, I know my boss has a family one kid in high school and other personal things. He knows a little about me – as I have to leave at weird hours to do things with my young children.
FinanSynergy will focus on nonprofits and women-owned small businesses to wade through their business and get down to what matters in their business to allow them to grow efficiently without a huge personal sacrifice. Where are they now? What are their short-term and long-term goals. I want to help them map it out and figure out how to make it successful for them and for the clients they serve.
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Who inspires you? What are you going to do about it? I’m finally doing it. You can too.
“Amelia Earhart” (history.com staff), Published 2009, http://www.history.com/topics/amelia-earhart