“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
My personal mission statement is to inspire and equip others to thrive. I have a great passion for doing so with women, especially young professional women. For a long time, I’ve had a dream of creating a women’s leadership development program and was able to be the driving force in creating and implementing PREVAIL Women’s Leadership Conference at Vanderbilt University for undergraduate and graduate students who identify as women. After the success of PREVAIL, my heart was even more motivated to create something special for women in Nashville. A place where women can connect, learn, be vulnerable, dream, create, love, and communicate what they hope for, need, pray for, and just want in this world for their personal and professional lives.
One of my Strengths is Input which means that I collect lots of resources and love sharing them with other people. I cringe when people haven’t been exposed to tools that could help lead them in a different and/or better direction. Besides just posting these items on social media, I want to be able to actually engage women as they dive into various frameworks, theories, and schools of thought. I’m a connector of people and a connector of people to resources.
This is the origin story of S.A.I.L:
“All of us are learning how to SAIL our ship. We often don’t think about learning how to SAIL until we’re in a storm. Think about how much better we’d be at thriving during the storm if we spent more time learning how to SAIL before the storm. “
Deciding a name for this program took me a little time as I wanted something meaningful and different. A scroll through Pinterest produced the famous quote from Little Women and I scribbled SAIL in my notebook. I then decided that SAIL needed to mean something and used it to plot out the curriculum course. S.A.I.L is a vessel to get to your desired destination and people go sailing to do the same. I took a break from the idea and visited The Beveled Edge for a shopping break. The first greeting card I saw in the pile was the one below:
This is when I knew I’d found just what I was looking for in the name S.A.I.L. God is something else, ain’t he?
- 4 1.5/2 hour workshops
- Opportunity to take StrengthsQuest
- List of Relevant Resources
- Relationship Building
- Action Planning
- Real Talk about four key topics that continuously rear their head in the lives of women.
- Oh, and it’s FREE!
Our first session is on Wednesday, February 3rd at Atmalogy in Nashville, TN.
19 women have already said YES! My goal was 15.
Can’t wait to keep you updated on this dream. This is just Leg 1 of the voyage. My hope is that S.A.I.L is able to leave its mark on the hearts, minds, and souls of the women in Nashville, TN and then one day, a city near you :).
If you’re in Nashville and interested in being a part of any or all S.A.I.L sessions, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.