Defining Sisterhood – Marta Haynes
Sisterhood: Fostering an environment of authenticity, empowerment and success
Last week, I attended the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. My leadership chain (all men) nominated me to attend and provided sponsorship. To be totally honest, I felt both honored and nervous. I am 100% caucasian, and I didn’t know how I would be received by fellow conference attendees. Nonetheless, I was excited to attend and firmly committed to listen with big, wide-open ears; after all, how many times do I as a white person get a chance to be “in the minority”?
The moment I set foot on the conference site, I could feel the amped-up energy. Once I put on my conference badge, I was approached by many conference attendees – greeting me, asking me where I was from, welcoming me… I was actually feeling quite sheepish and shy! This all felt like a lot to take in, and I wanted to retreat into a protective shell.