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
Kaitlyn Fedorko – Hair Color Specialist + Owner of Style Alchemy Studio
No challenge is insurmountable if you believe in yourself and surround yourself with those who believe in you, too! A big challenge can be tackled by daily working towards your goal. What can you do today, tomorrow, and next week to help get to where you want to be in the next 5 years? Make a goal list and tell someone to keep you accountable- I often find I am my own worst enemy so having someone keep you on track helps. Keep your head up and hustle hard! Only you can make your dreams come true!
Bianca Majanja Makeup artist/entrepreneur
Take a deep breath, remember that God is real, and nothing is to great of challenge when it comes to your God given gift. Everything will fall into place according to Gods plan. You just have to allow him to work in your favor. Always remember that God uses all things Good and Bad to work in your favor. It’s either a lesson or blessing but it’s all going to work for you in the end. To some evething up Keep calm God got you.
Carolina Cervera salon owner, colorist, hair educator
Think positive and take small steps to overcome the biggest challenges in life.
Michelle Hernandez – hair and makeup artist
My best advice for anyone that starts facing difficulties and challenges is to go into the eye of the storm. Coming face to face on a situation can be less overwhelming , and reduce any stress and anxiety you may feel instead of avoiding it. When you avoid a certain situation you live in fear of facing it, you give the power to the problem and it can consume you. That’s why it’s better to go into the eye of the storm face it and find a solution. You’d be surprised of that your capable of you. You may be stronger than what you think.
Adrienne Norris – Digital Strategist and Blogger
Keep a positive outlook and surround yourself with the people and things you love.
Esthetician & Cheerleading Coach
Advice I would give to someone facing a challenge would be to never be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes our pride gets in the way of us meeting our goal. An obstacle that may seem insurmountable to us, could be small to someone else willing to help.
Stephanie Schenke – Microblading Artist & Escrow Officer/Manager (Title Insurance industry)
Stay focused on your goal, and take one day at a time. Be forgiving to yourself but stay disciplined. If you should become discouraged or intimidated; always remember that confidence is the key!
Amanda Beggs – Makeup Artist
It would be the same advice I give myself almost daily. Take one day at a time, one small goal at a time, and always remember where you started and how far you have come. Nothing worth doing or having ever comes easy.
To never give up! success is not just given its something you have to work for, In any industry,business,brand and etc. And if it was easy everyone would be successful.so keep that in mind when going through big challenges in life. & Pray Through The Process as Jessica Dupart aka @darealbbjudy says. #Keepgoing
Jhade’ Brionne – Makeup Artist & Certified Brow Stylist
The best advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge they see as insurmountable is a 3 step process which includes; looking within and assessing the fear that this challenge is bringing. Next, meditate/pray on it and see the positive rather than the negative. Lastly, come up with a game plan & defeat the challenge! All the answers and guidance you need comes from within, at the end of the day your success in overcoming challenges is solely up to you. There is always a different route to get over the mountain.
Khyati D – Food Blogger @zestforfood
The perfect quote to begin with.. If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. – Frank A. Clark.
Chelsea Jones – Top Producing Realtor
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Susana Munoz – Makeup Artist
My advice is to always believe in yourself no matter the circumstances. I love this quote “ if you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
I have had MANY of these moments in life where I thought the challenge was insurmountable. The best advice I have ever received is this— that everything happens for a reason and do not concentrate on the negative, do not hold onto hate and anger or obsess over the situation at hand. Find the positive in what ever it is and have gratitude towards it all (these are hard things to do). If its the end of a relationship/career- give thanks for the good times/the time had, give thanks for the lessons or the experience. Trust the process. Again, everything happens for a reason. Look forward. I hear people saying “easier said than done” and to you I say this: On February 28th 2008, I was held at gun point and hostage in a bank robbery at my job at a bank. I had a small daughter at home and was the sole provider for her. The week of the robbery I had just been diagnosed with high blood pressure and heart palpitations due to stress. My cardiologist had suggested I find another line of work. All I knew how to do was makeup and banking. And at the time, I didn’t believe I could make what I needed to live as a makeup artist. Over the years, I had been frequently doing both jobs to amp my income. Then the robbery happened. In the days after, I had PTSD and had panic attacks if I even thought of going in another bank. I filed a claim for a leave of absence, so I could try to figure out how to cope. I was denied. I had my 4 year old daughter at home who looked to me- I couldn’t sit at home and cry- even though I was scared and felt alone, I had to look for my silver lining. In short, I resigned from the bank. I knew that if I had died that day- I never truly did what I loved for a living. I took what I knew about business/business development and applied it to building myself as an artist. This is how Makeup Artistry by Cher was born. Early on, I did take an odd job here and there… but I used what felt like it was insurmountable situation to fuel my fire, to become successful at my dream. I look at that day at the bank as the beginning of the rest of my life- as scary and terrible as it was, a door closed for me so another, MORE GRAND ONE, could open. To this day, I give gratitude to the situation, I forgive the men who were involved. I let go of the struggles I had…. because at the end of the day… I am here, standing before you & all of that built who I am today. And letting go, looking to the positive was the single best thing, the most freeing thing I have ever done for myself. #cherthalove
Esmi Enriquez- Makeup Professional
Advice for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is keep moving forward, have hope, know your worth, and know that everything will get better.
Marcy Calland: Makeup Artist & Entrepreneur
The most relevant advice I have for someone facing what they think is an insurmountable challenge is to know that EVERYONE feels this feeling. I feel it often. How can I be better? Am I good enough? Can I do this?
Uncertainty in your ability to conquer your greatest challenges is normal, and oftentimes the FEAR is greater than the challenge itself. Continue to question yourself (this means you’re motivated to find answers!) and then gain control of fear. This control leads to a cascade of solutions and opportunities.
Maria Rizo – Dallas Makeup Artist
Best advice I would give someone who faces a challenge they feel is insurmountable would definitely be to just put themselves out there and stop overthinking, because doubts kill more dreams than failure ever will.