Who I Help and Why: Professional Women
I am concerned about us, and want to be a part of the solution. We professional women face a lot of challenges in our culture. We are paid 80% of what our male counterparts make for the same work in every profession. We live in the only developed country in the world that does not provide paid maternity leave. We toil in workplaces where the culture is largely defined by male rules for success. Many of us are in a double-bind; getting ahead requires us to be tough and direct, but when we engage in behaviors that mirror men’s, it often backfires on us.
We have few senior mentors and advocates in our workplaces. We comprise half the workforce, but only 4% of CEO’s of fortune 500 companies are female! We are prone to get discouraged, to feel that we must compromise too much of ourselves to get ahead, and leave organizations as we get close to the higher ranks.
I first met Eve A. Wood, M.D. over 8 years ago, when I was the CFO at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, and she was our Medical Director. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with her. She brought leadership skills of compassion, collegiality, focus and enthusiasm for excellence to our organization.
Through her hard work, and skill in creating strong interpersonal relationships, she built a top notch clinical team and program for our patients. She developed multiple clinical tracks at the Eating Disorder Center, based on the tenets of medically informed coaching, with healing and empowering at the core. Our patients and their family members expressed, again and again, that they had finally found a physician who truly cared, and was listening to their needs, during a time of crisis and challenge in their lives.
Eve is an outstanding colleague, and friend. It is always a pleasure to work with her. She has an uncanny ability to quickly discern the needs of individuals and organizations, and expeditiously meet those needs. But, most importantly, she brings compassion and caring to everyone she deals with.Anita M. Walker, CPA
Bridging the Isolation
Many of us are in a state of crisis. We are highly relational by nature, but have little opportunity or space for real connection. We are depressed, anxious, stressed, burned out, self-critical, and hopelessly alone.
I am committed to doing my part to make our lives better. I love working with other women professionals, and hate the pain many of us are in right now. It can be different. There are individual solutions to it all. But the first and foremost step, is bridging the isolation you feel, and letting the healing begin.
We need one-on-one safe places to share our struggles, outside the universe where it is reportable, or public in any way. I offer that in a Woman’s Well-Being Coaching experience. No insurance, no medical record, no diagnosis!
We need validation, education about what helps, tools, and a champion or two! We need forums to share and support one another. I offer Retreats, and Group Support/Empowerment Sessions. Again, all private, and outside the medical model.
I love learning from those I help, and look forward to learning from, and with, you!
Women Heal Women
I have always been drawn to working with other women professionals. Perhaps, because like you, I have needed the comradery and support that comes from sharing ourselves with one-another. One of my dearest friends on the planet told me, when I was going through the earth-shattering experience of a marriage blowing up, that women heal women. She was so right. She stepped up to be there for me in ways no man could. The deep well of empathy, knowing, loving, and her absence of the need to solve any problem for me was deeply healing. In safe, loving spaces with other women, we heal.
Our brokenness allows our inner light to shine through. Our imperfections connect us to one another.
Women are relational beings. We are wired to care, love, juggle, be present for others, self-sacrifice, keep the peace, and just keep on keeping on. We are wondrous creatures, and capable of amazing things. But, our natures can trip us up, create a tremendous amount of self-doubt and loathing, and wreak havoc on our sense of self and well-being. Sometimes we just need someone who gets us, who has been there, and seen the light, to be there for us. In being seen, nurtured, supported and guided, we can get out of our stuck spots, and find well-being. It is that service I hope to offer you.
A Life Well-Lived
Professional women experience a very high rate of depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependence and suicide. In our culture, admitting challenge or defeat, hopelessness, or need is a weakness. So, we often tough it out to the point of crisis, or even death!
Having a private place to get help, support and guidance, can make the difference between a life well-lived, and a life prematurely disrupted or ended.
I have treated professional women as patients for years. And, it has always been something to keep secret, to report nowhere, to worry about. So, I have decided to offer my services in a coaching, not treatment, capacity!
Today, women in pain are starting to speak up, and out, as a group. I am proud of us for this step. And, I welcome the opportunity to be one of your Well-Being Champions in your self-care project. Contact me to see how I can be of help!
With love and gratitude, for your sisterhood, and what you offer us all,
A Quick Look at Women Versus Men
A study conducted by Women in the Workplace compared the workload between women and men in the workplace. In addition to those statistics, they also looked at the difference between women and men when it came to household chores.
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