This is the brief, a monthly newsletter from me to you. My goal is simple: to share concise stories that inspire and connect our communities, and those stories will hopefully support the idea that the most valuable networking is that which happens internally. Realizing that we are all in this together.
As many of you know, Jane Barr Horstman & Associates has been strategizing and executing high level administrative concierge services in the Delaware Valley for over thirty years. Behind the scenes and on the front line, the Associates and I are exceptionally skilled and particularly fearless in our determination to assist you in reaching your goals. One of the reasons that we are able to provide white glove service with front porch ease is the intrinsic recognition that we are all in this together. And as I look back on 2018 I can see that tenet is more relevant than ever.
Organizations, businesses and industries are expanding their views of the world and their internal conversations, to include environmental impacts, social influences and the breaking of glass ceilings. ‘Being in this together’ is not a new sentiment for women, but throughout the last several months I noticed examples of it being applied more often in exchanges and situations. This was comforting and encouraging.
JBH&A is a woman owned business and all of my associates are women. That is by design and it is a big deal. A week does not go by that I do not repeat my favorite quote of all time. The words of former United States Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
This first issue of the brief sends out a request to all of you, the men and the women. Let’s acknowledge that it is no longer just a man’s world. Now is the time to encourage and support the girlfriends, sisters, mothers and daughters who hesitate taking a leap of faith because of past experiences, cultural beliefs or over domestication. We live in a time when women’s associations are flourishing, women owned businesses are multiplying and there is a record number of women holding political offices. Let’s try to remember that while we may compete for jobs, recognition or opportunities, ultimately, we are all in this together. I ask as well that we are equally benevolent to the men as we navigate these extraordinary times.
Click below to read two articles regarding women in business. Then the next time the subject comes up, think about your journey and remember what Madeleine Albright said.
CEO, Jane Barr Horstman & Associates
women at the board room table (link)
the gender gap in business leadership (link)