By Guest Contributor Amy Neguse
Amy Neguse is the recipient of the Women’s Center 2012-2013 Honoring Women Worldwide Scholarship, which sponsors participation in the Honoring Women Worldwide – Art of Honoring Leadership Development College Mentoring Program. Amy is also the winner of the 2012-2013 Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award. She will be guest blogging about her leadership and mentorship experiences throughout the year. Below is her post about her mid-year reflections.
How has the program met your expectations so far? In what ways have you been inspired, challenged, supported? What has resonated with you the most?
Honoring Women Worldwide has exceeded my expectations so far. The unity between the women, the endless amounts of positive energy that is constantly flowing through each session, the intergenerational mentorship, and everything in between has truly been what I expected, and so much more.
Where do I even begin when it comes to how I have been inspired? Throughout some of the sessions so far, there have been panel discussions and the women sharing their experiences are the mentors within the program. Each woman’s personal stories of her upbringing, culture, education, career path, trials and accomplishments have provided me with an in-depth understanding of the commonalities we share as women. We all face similar obstacles of modesty and humility, discrimination, personal growth, and success…we just experience it through different paths and different experiences.
Throughout the months of connecting with the mentors, director of the program, and my fellow mentees, I have learned that we are all powerful beyond our own comprehension—we just have to believe in it a bit more. At times we may underestimate ourselves, but with such a positive, supportive group of women, and our personal strength, we are all able to accomplish anything our hearts desire. One of my most treasured lessons from this program has been the focus on getting to know yourself, not being afraid to show who you truly are, and never letting go of who you are and your values no matter where you are in life. I return again to one of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou: “A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” This quote clearly addresses one of the many lessons we have covered within the program.
I am looking forward to the remainder of the program throughout the upcoming months and I hope we all can stay connected after the end of the program. Honoring Women Worldwide embraces such a beautiful purpose and mission, one that I hope many women can take advantage of over the years.