You know, our family reads a book together nearly every night. It takes about ten minutes before bed. Reading has been important to our families for generations. We get to spend family time together when we read, and our kids get time to wind-down before bed. Plus, our children have above-average language skills for their age. They have excellent imaginations for dreaming of faraway lands and envisioning places they want to explore.
I was speaking to a librarian recently and she said you would be surprised by how many kids she sees who don’t read books at home. It was just “Library Day” at her school and all of the kindergarteners received five books to take home with them. She and I got into a discussion about how many young kids she sees who don’t have access to books. They don’t have adults reading them stories. They don’t stretch the limits of their imaginations. Their futures lack creative vision of what’s possible.
Telling stories is important. My Uncle Don, he used to tell gra-a-a-and old tales about huntin’ and fishin’ (think of how a fish gets bigger and bigger each time the story is told). He would string people along on jokes for hours at family gatherings. My mom tells a great story. She’s the BEST at doing the voices. Some of my favorite memories are of when she used to read to us as children and do all the best voices. She could even do a version of Cinderella with the letters switched around: Rindercella and the Story of her Sad, Sad Step-Bisters. I would always lose it when she came to the part of the story when “Rindercella slopped her dripper.” I died. Every. Single. Time. I still do.
So now it would seem that the storytelling gene has been passed on to me. I am a professional speaker. I have been known to tell a good story once in awhile, or so I have been told. I also own a boutique digital advertising agency where we use stories to help businesses build brand awareness. We tell stories when we do product launches. We tell stories when we create ad campaigns.
Many of you know me for my award-winning work in S.T.E.M. I have a huge announcement I’ve been dying to make for months about a new venture in S.T.E.A.M.! What I love about this project is that it incorporates low-time, low-cost, high-impact elements in a simple setting. It includes so many of the values I hold dear: education, mentorship, creativity, leadership, and networking. It’s called The FierceWomen Project: Portraits of Possibility.
I’ve partnered with Artist, Author, Musician J.G. Boccella, who is the founder of The FierceWomen Project. We are now in 4 states, including middle school curricula, Boys & Girls Clubs, S.T.E.M. groups, and more.
We’ve created a platform for female leaders in the community to share the story of their career with a group of young girls. Anyone can do it! After-school programs, aunts, cousins, mentorship groups, FaceTime buddies…
Empowering more girls to envision what is possible for their futures requires a multifaceted approach. The three core elements are: leadership development, mentoring, and men as allies. We provide 10 standard career questions to guide you and there is a VisionBook to help the girls envision what’s possible for their “future selves.”
Creativity, imagination, and engagement are integral to how I have built my business and how J and I raise our family. I want to make it simple for every young girl to have access to strong female community leaders; To imagine what is possible for her future; To journal in her VisionBook as her story takes shape. Here’s how you can help. Share with someone, if they have a young girl or an inspiring career story to share!