Advocating for Empowerment and Leadership
“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton
I believe when you see something that needs done, you should do it. And while you’re at it, teach others how to do it too. None of us live in a vacuum. (Although I’ll admit it sometimes feels like we do.) To make great things happen, we have to build collaborative relationships and inspire others to believe in not just the project, but in their own ability to create success.
That’s why I’ve worked to create organizations to empower others. One of the event’s I’m most looking forward to this year is a trip to Kigali, Rwanda for the Women Deliver conference. There, I’ll meet with 6000 other women from across the globe to learn how to be a better advocate for women. I’m traveling with a group of women from Revolutionary Women Global, a leadership development organization. Our team is made up of passionate women who focus on creating opportunities for our communities, across the planet. I’m honored and thrilled to be in the company of these women and can’t wait to learn more.
Here at home, when I saw a need for more networking opportunities for women in agriculture, I created She Grows Idaho, a group of women who connect and grow with each other. When I saw a need for people, especially kids, to be able to create their own earning opportunities, I created a business incubator to teach people of all ages to run their own businesses.
I always want to continue to find a way to be a better leader and connector in my state and beyond. I am a graduate of Leadership Idaho Agriculture, which makes me a better advocate for farmers and their families. I serve as a mentor for the Conservation for Idaho Boards and Commission Fellowships where I work with young leaders as they begin their journey in public service.
Leadership isn’t just a job for me, it’s a passion and a passion I love to share.