I am so thankful for the amazing example of a female in a leadership position that played a huge role in my life, Julie Nimmons. She is known as a mogul, leader, game-changer, but the best of all, she's my mom. She raised me to be confident and always wanted me to know that I could be anything and do anything I wanted in life. Her list of accolades is amazing including being on the list of the 25 Leaders to Watch in the Sporting Goods Industry twice, lobbying and testifying in D.C., inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame, being the CEO of a multi-million dollar sporting goods company -- all while being a wife and a mother. Learn more in her latest feature in the June issue of Sports Insight.
For companies to start focusing on self-confidence instead of "what beauty should look like" is a breath of fresh air. By wearing a smile and having poise and confidence, women can quickly change any perception that might be present about doing or saying things "like a girl".
The respect that my mother gained in the sporting goods world still amazes me, but what amazes me the most is what she taught my sister and me. My teaching moment from this is that today's youth (especially our children) see everything we do. Every time I linger over the mirror frowning at my figure, every time I hesitate before trying something new, every time I question my abilities ...It absolutely starts with me. Confidence travels. What are YOU doing to help young girls gain confidence?
Be confident and courageous if you want to help pass it along.