It was the end of a longish day. It was the end of my first day as Interim Executive Director at A Woman’s Place (AWP). Naturally, I was reflecting on the day, looking for deep meaning in all that had occurred… every moment… even the not so deep ones. Along came Maya, summing up my professional pursuits.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Now, one must know better than to ever ignore Maya.
This is a woman who, in Phenomenal Woman, made it clear “Now you understand just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about or have to talk real loud.”
For those who doubt the power and strength of women, Still I Rise is a poetic reminder, “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies; You may trod me in the very dirt but still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
She emboldens the spirit with the words of Our Grandmothers, “However I am perceived and deceived, however my ignorance and conceits, lay aside your fears that I will be undone, for I shall not be moved.”
I certainly do not know everything, but I know to pay attention when Maya Angelou speaks.
As I embark on the uncharted journey of following in the footsteps of phenomenal women leaders at AWP, I realize that I must be creative in my leadership. These are times that call for an understanding of where we come from and courageous creativity as we blaze trails into the future.
My dearest Maya, I do like myself. I deeply and passionately love what I do. I most certainly like how I do it. Thank you for what I choose to call your vote of confidence.
Ifeoma Aduba, AWP Interim Executive Director
Creativity: A Woman’s Place encourages the creation of meaningful new ideas, interpretations, and rules.*
*excerpt from the Values Statement of A Woman’s Place