We Inspire Women: Step Up In Yourself

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” These words from Iyanla Vanzant could be said to be one of the inspirations for Cortia Bingham-McKenzie's We Inspire Women organisation.

On Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 We Inspire Women hosted a workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre and a brunch at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, respectively. The uplifting words from the weekend's presenters touched many to the core. In many ways, the weekend was similar to Vanzant's Wonder Woman Weekend. But this Rock-grown initiative has the lives of Jamaican 'Queens' as the fulcrum around which it operates.

From financial management (including how to afford the house and car of your dreams) to how to ensure that your personal brand has a value proposition, the queens in attendance received invaluable life-impacting lessons. There were also practical lessons. Did you know that there's handbag insurance? How about creditor's life insurance? One thing that stood out about the weekend was the fact that it wasn't just all talk.

The attendees were given tips and tools to help them in actualising their dreams. They were also given the contact information of women and men who understand that certain dreams, if given a chance, can bear substantial financial fruit. Because, on The Rock, connections matter.

Attendees laughed, cried, nodded heads in agreement and shouted “Amen!” They took plenty of notes and made promises to themselves that in rising to the top they will find a young woman to mentor. In her presentation on Saturday, senior parish court judge Paula A Blake-Powell charged the women not to let circumstances “shackle” them because God will use them “mightily to make a difference” in the lives of others. The weekend was a master class in personal empowerment and 'edutainment'.

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