Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?
Women and other under-represented groups are already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.
We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.
We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes.
Alineh Avanessian – Queen of Bomb Ass Hair
One thing that’s always helped me during difficult times is knowing that TIME heals everything and that whatever difficult time you’re going through WILL pass.
Alle Pierce – TV host, Travel Blogger & Digital Content Creator
Stop whatever you’re doing an write down 3 things you’re grateful for in that moment. It seems so silly but when we actually take the time to think about all the things we’re blessed with, whatever challenge you’re facing seems slightly less daunting. I’m also a firm believer in asking for help. If you’re drowning in work, dealing with financial issues or recovering from a breakup, you should never feel guilty about getting a helping hand. And finally, indulging in a sweet treat usually makes any tough situation a little bit easier to swallow.
Madds- Lifestyle and fashion influencer
No matter what is going on in your life at the moment, just know it will pass. I’ve been through so much pain and loss in my life and at the end of it all, it’s only made me stronger. Learn to take on a negative experience as a learning process and you might even understand it one day. Instead of asking yourself “why me?” you have to accept the challenge and work around it NEVER GIVE UP. My favorite quote at the moment is actually one I made up, “Sometimes I want to give up, but I know if I do, I’ll look back a year from now and wish I would’ve kept going”. Never give up on your goals no matter what life throws at you. There is a reason for everything that happens and we just have to fight through it….I think that people who go through the most pain, can also be the most inspirational to others.
JillianVita Lore, Marketing Executive & Brand Ambassador
First and foremost, nothing you face in life is ever insurmountable. I have a “5 Rule”…if a problem or challenge you’re facing will have little to no relevance in your life within in 5 days (ie: someone “ghosting” you, or an upcoming exam) handle whatever is in your control, let it go, and find healthy, positive things to occupy your time & mind with instead. If a challenge will still have an impact on your life in 5 months or 5 years, focus your energy on these and remedy the issue according to how detrimental they are to your future self. Breaking down any situation into smaller parts and handling each, one at a time, also makes “insurmountable” obstacles seem a lot easier to overcome. For example, if your problem is financial and you focus on a total debt or a sum of all the bills you have, anyone would be overwhelmed. Instead, break down and categorize your finances by length of time they would take to absorb. Start with smaller problems that can be fixed in the immediate future and tackle those, this way not only is something handled, but the progress and satisfaction of conquering it will keep you motivated to continue to do more and see more results. Before long, your mountain of a problem will seem more like a molehill, and you’ll have established healthy habits to deal with future challenges you will face that aren’t just financial.
Silvia Kal: Actress and TV Host
Don’t give too much importance to anything in life. Yes, there are some things (very few) that are really important, but everything else are just events that happen through life and if they are getting you down, look at everything you have and be thankful for it. Find activities to do to get your mind out of it, work hard to achieve your goals, that’s gonna make you feel better. And life your life to the fullest.
Arielle Berneman- Fitness & Wellness Influencer
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Most people are willing to help but most people are also afraid to ask for it.
McKenna Rain – Photographer & Content Creator
Whenever I face a challenge that seems impossible to handle I take a step back, breathe, and then ask for help. Whether it’s a work issue or a personal issue asking for help is super beneficial. For a long time, I thought I had to do everything myself and a lot of times it left me stressed and unhappy. Having another set of eyes on a problem can give a new perspective and push you in the right direction to solve the challenge at hand.