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
Kate Hill – Actor and Archer
To anyone facing tough challenges in their lives I would say: it doesn’t do much good to try to wish the challenges away, or to downplay them. I think first you have to acknowledge the challenge, every part, and have whatever feelings you have about it. If you need to express your feelings, whether you’re angry, sad, frustrated, etc., take the time to do that, and take some time to process, but then get right back on top of it. If the challenge ahead seems insurmountable, take one little piece of it at a time. Eventually all those little pieces will come together and create the full puzzle, and it will be complete!
Krista Varnum – Craft hairstylist & animal lover
Any time I’ve come face to face with a mountainous problem, if I’m not able to come up with a solution myself, I’ll ask for advice. Maybe I’ll ask my husband if it’s something philosophical, my mom if I really need to vent, my dad if it’s business related, or a friend if it’s a social issue. There’s usually someone out there who’s already been through what you might be up against, or at least they might have experienced something similar. We are all connected in some way and that connectedness creates a wealth of information. Don’t give up hope, but instead be stubborn and keep searching for answers.
Jennifer Nicole – Fashion Designer/blogger
My advice for handling a challenge like that is to break it down & do a little bit at a day because it might feel overwhelming as a whole but you’ll feel more accomplished doing a little bit at a time. Always baby steps. 🙂
Courtney Hardy – Lifestyle Blogger
Just remember that EVERYONE faces challenges – I think sometimes when we are struggling we forget that everyone else does too at some point. You are not alone, asking for help is ok, and you WILL get through this. I firmly believe everything happens for a reason, and life’s challenges will only lead us to where we are meant to be and make us stronger in the process!
Anna Louise Morse – Actress, Model and Writer
For someone who is facing something that feels insurmountable, my advice would be to face the challenges from a place of gratitude and faith. For me, it’s helped me look at things with positivity. The challenges in my life have allowed me to cultivate a strong sense of faith in the universe and myself – and every time I find myself angry, sad, overwhelmed or ready to give up I take a deep breath and say “I am so grateful for this.” Nothing is permanent, and you have the power to take action every day to move yourself forward. Gratitude, faith, and something small every day to push yourself forward.
Sabby Michell – SoCal Blogger & grad student
Nothing is impossible. Believe that you can do anything you set your mind to, have faith, and keep pushing to make your dreams a reality.
Sheeva Rouhani-fard – Boxing Gym owner & Health Coach
Ask for help, be ok with slowing down to focus on you, and trust yourself enough that the challenge will be solved.
Tamarah Angelique Logan – Writer and Blogger
To take it moment by moment. Be mindful of the fact that you are being faced with such an insurmountable challenge and in so doing you will need to practice lots of self care and self love. Make time to just be and breathe, Meditate. Hold space for yourself as you go through it and know that you can and will get through this. Ask for help when you need it. Don’t give up.
Sophia Jeon – Beauty & Lifestyle YouTuber
Life would be boring if there’s no challenge. God won’t give you more than you can handle.Try your very best in every way. You’ll be in a different position than now.
Brenlyn D’Amore – aspiring journalist
Some challenges feel more difficult to overcome than others, but usually the challenges that are the hardest are the most rewarding to overcome.
Sobia Siddiqui – Influencer Marketing Manager & Lifestyle Blogger
A little self-belief can go a long way. Positive affirmations serve as a useful tool to get your mind in the right state, so set your intentions and don’t let self-doubt cloud your path.
Jules Pizzola – Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger
When I feel like I am giving up or losing hope (doesn’t matter what it’s for or about), I do two things: I pray on it, and then I write myself a note as to WHY I want to achieve this goal or overcome this obstacle. For me, speaking on it (to God) and seeing it written down (in my own writing) helps me regain focus and endurance for whatever challenges I will continue to face until I am where I want to be.
Laura Cipperly – Education Specialist & DOG MA
Take everything one day at a time. Life can be so overwhelming but the more we worry and try to rush our feelings, experiences, etc. the harder it is on us. Breath, take it one day at at time, and own where you are at. Acknowledge where you need to be, and respect the journey/time needed to get there.
Priscilla Mak – Content Creator, Marketer, Entrepreneur
Every challenge is an opportunity to grow. Challenges are often uncomfortable but change doesn’t happen when you’re comfortable. Seek discomfort so growth can happen. Every challenge can be broken down into small actionable steps and a positive mindset!
Eve & Elisa Yen – Fitness Health & Wellness Bloggers
We believe the power of community is truly the best for someone who is facing a challenge. Opening up to your close family and friends can be hard sometimes. This is when social media can really come into play as a positive reinforcement to talk to people whom you are not so close with, but may be facing the same challenges. Talking things out has always been a huge practice in our home growing up and we find our social media community so helpful when we face challenges we are uncomfortable reaching out to our family about.
Jade Ashley Govel – Lifestyle & Fashion Blogger
“When it feels scary to jump, that’s exactly when you jump. Otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life.”- J.C. Chandor
Alyssa Crane – Stylist and Co-founder of @pinksandsocial
Take a deep breath and just focus on the present. If you take each day at a time, it’s easier for the brain to digest and focus on the challenge at hand. You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish when you aren’t preoccupied thinking about the future and what may or may not happen. Worry only slows you down.