I had the honor to meet three very inspiring women: Bonnie St. John, Leigh Ann Tuohy and Wendy Bird. After learning more about these women, it was clear that anyone can contribute to society no matter who you are, where you came from or what profession you work in. You can overcome obstacles and negative environments to make a difference in the world.
Bonnie St. John is the first African American to win medals as a ski racer. She competed in Winter Paralympics, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. Bonnie has co-authored three #1 bestsellers. Her mother was a High School principal, her father left before she was born and she had her right leg amputated at age five.
Leigh Ann Tuohy is an interior designer. She is best known for being the legal guardian of Michael Oher, which inspired the best-selling book and movie “The Blind Side.” Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community—and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless.
Wendy Bird founded Pearls with a Purpose in February 2002 with the intent of selling handmade pearl jewelry to women in America. But within a few months of working with Amara Flordeliza, her pearl supplier in the Philippines, Wendy became aware of the dire circumstances of families in Asia. Together, Wendy and Amara established the Pearls with a Purpose Foundation, a 501c3 tax exempt organization dedicated to helping the families of Asia.
I learned four principles all of these amazing women utilize to win at life:
1. Not afraid to take risks to reach their goals
2. Meek, coachable and willing to ask for help
3. Givers, not takers
4. Balance their lives between self, family, profession and community
The mission of DaMar Staffing is to empower people to do the next big thing in their career. This company was built by applying the principles to shape deep engaging relationships and experiences with individuals and companies. I believe the above four principles are applicable to each person we work with. DaMar provides direct access to industry professionals, networking, and develops mentoring opportunities to generate leaders.
I am thankful to be a member of NAWBO and to have the opportunity to support women business owners. NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy.
For more information about DaMar Staffing or NAWBO, contact me at 317.566.8320 or TThompson@DaMarStaff.com