World Changers Wanted: Apply Inside!

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to attend my first Woman of the Year celebration. I remember sitting around the table in awe of the amazing women who were being recognized for their remarkable leadership. Powerful stories of women whose courage, passion, and sacrifice make a deep, lasting and positive impact in our community. World changers, right here in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Since then, I’ve had the privilege of celebrating thirty women leaders who have been recognized during six Woman of the Year events. That’s thirty powerful stories of women leaders who have been recognized for breaking barriers, forging ahead when the going gets tough and triumphing in the face of personal tragedy.
It’s become a “don’t miss” event on my calendar each year.
Because listening to their stories has changed me.
Their stories have caused me to believe that ordinary people, like me, can accomplish extraordinary things. The Woman of the Year event leaves me inspired, driven and ready to make the world a better place. It reminds me, It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.
I love the quote from Olympic Gold Medalist, Wilma Rudolph, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
The pioneers of The Women’s Roundtable understood this well. They realized the importance of recognizing strong women leaders almost 30 years ago when the first Woman of the Year recipient, Dorothy Christoph, was chosen for her leadership and professional accomplishments with the Greater Erie Community Action Committee.
Today, The Women’s Roundtable continues to build upon its rich heritage of recognizing women who go above and beyond their professional responsibilities and make a difference in our community. But we don’t do this alone. The Woman of the Year celebration is a community-wide effort. An effort to showcase the diversity among women leaders, to say thank you and to empower women from all walks of life to step out and follow their passion.
Do you know a World Changer? Chances are you do!
I challenge you to take a look at the extraordinary women in your life. One (or more) of them could be the next Woman of the Year! Celebrate her and inspire others by nominating her today.

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