Maile Ilac Boeder I.O.M., Executive Director of The Leadership Center, Ex-Officio-NVAF; Devin Johansen, Housekeeping Manger & Core Team; Micheala Olsen, Admin & Event Coordinator and Intern Manager, Core Team
Today, August 26th, is Women Equality Day. It is a day proclaimed each year by the President of the United States (since 1972) commemorating the plight and success of the women’s suffrage movement resulting women receiving the right to vote. On this date, back in 1920, women who were citizens of the United States were granted the right to vote under the 19th Amendment. While I don’t make lots of statements on political issues, I am excited about this particular day for so many reasons, so I decided to blog a little about it.
Growing up in a single mom home for much of my impressionable life, I learned from an early age what it meant to be a strong woman. My mom, my amazing mom, Karen, empowered me to be me. To be brave. To be funny. To be awkward and weird. To try, to risk and to fail boldly and to learn from those failures to be better and to win. She taught me to be unapologetically me. It didn’t matter if I wanted to wrestle or play basketball, if I wanted to dance or sing, if I wanted to have my own company or farm along side my equally awesome step-dad, Mike, she instilled in me a belief that being a woman was great. It wasn’t a weakness. It wasn’t a disability. It wasn’t something to be ashamed of or to apologize for. She showed me it was an amazing opportunity to nurture children, love people, work hard, to be educated, to be an agent for change, and to be the change. My mom showed me how to a professional and to win in a male dominated world. She also allowed me to believe that as a woman I could do whatever it was I wanted to and I could do it just as good as any man. I was raised by a strong woman to be a strong woman.
I do want to be clear, I wasn’t raised to hate or despise men. I wasn’t taught to think men were unnecessary nor secondary. Honestly, I raised to be strong and to lift people up no matter their sex, race, creed, preference or beliefs. I raised to believe the equality belonged to everyone.
I have been fortunate that in most of my professional life, I have been an executive director. Admittedly, it was in a predominately male culture, which for me, was just fine. I thrived in my work and was very successful. Along the way though, I worked with incredible women who were changing the face of business in big ways. I loved it all.
Now I live in Nebraska and I have the fortunate opportunity to run an incredible facility, The Leadership Center. I am the first female and person of color to run this facility. I suppose that is an affirmative action win on so many levels. For me, though, it’s not about that at all. I get to come to a job I am passionate about, work with a team of people I thoroughly enjoy working with serving clients that make my day.
I have blogged and talked about my incredible team over and over and over again. I can’t help it! Here at The Leadership Center, we’re proud to employ a great and diverse team of women and men of all ages and backgrounds. Today, though, I can’t help but brag a bit on the fact that we have great, strong women helping run this fabulous company! Kudos to the wonderful woman on our team: Devin Johansen, Micheala Olsen, Barb Olsen, Jade Burson, Julie Monter, Roxann Bredthauer, Nellie Neitfield, Elisha Sheffy Haris, Jane Nuss, and Gillian Arends. Thank you for all your hard work and the great care you take with our guests.
It is Women’s Equality Day and pretty excited that I got to celebrate it with my incredible team out on the golf course this afternoon.
From one girl boss to another, Happy Women’s Equality Day. Be unapologetically, beautifully and wonderfully YOU!
-Maile Ilac Boeder, I.O.M.
P.S. Guys on the team, you’re pretty awesome too! Thank you Dario Diaz, Ryan Dente, Donnie Smalley, Jacob Janzen, Alan Gretch, Nick Luther, Brandon Cook, Grant Fox, Hunter Pursely, Dan Hain, Cameron Nelson, Zach Bliss, Carlos Areuola Ayala and Andrew Klein!