Stay in the arena, do not retire - reinvent!
"Women need to support women, we are our sister's keeper, we got here on the shoulders of others, we pay it forward, we stay in the ring and help each other!"
Jennifer describes herself as a feminist, a mother, a grandmother, and is President and CEO of the IWK Foundation, the fundraising arm of the IWK Health Centre.
Jennifer is a powerhouse woman, who is passionate about changing the conversation about women in the world. Jennifer has started asking questions after reading Invisible Women - Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez. As an advocate to support changing systems, she believes that people have to bloom where they are planted and begin the changes where they are most passionate.
Jennifer shares her passion and statisics about what happens when we start to consider gender balance. Women have platforms and influence, and she wants them to get fired up and challenge the status quo and look at gender balance.
As I listen to Jennifer, the biggest message I heard was "Stay in the arena!" She is speaking to women her own age and older about not retiring and keeping your knowledge to yourself, to stay in the arena and lead by example. As natural nurterers women put themselves last, but that needs to change, and the world will not change until women step up, get involved, and raise the consciousness level. Women are like fine wine, we get better with age! Woman should not retire they should reinvent. The next generation needs women with experience!!!
As the President of the IWK Foundation, Jennifer firmly believes and advocates geography shouldn't determine what we have, she is out there fundraising to build the best. We shouldn't feel like second class because of where we live. Jennifer continues to do what she does, because it is the very core of her being. If you want to get fired up, listen, share and start a conversation with others!
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Special thanks to Patrick Thompson for the music and Sam Theriault (my 14 year old son) for video editing.