I was probably 17, eating a snack after school, more than likely in a dance team uniform, and sitting on the kitchen island when the phone rang. That was the first time someone from the White House called. It was “no big deal” and for being caught off guard it was a good conversation. But it left an impression, and a lesson. The woman on the other end of the line was an absolute listener, questioner, and cheerleader.
The women that surrounded me then and those that center me now taught me what real women leaders do.
Be real, be true, and be brave.