“Being my authentic self…” @AngieNixon cheers to you and your unapologetic self. #TEDxJAX #WomenKickingAss #LL904 pic.twitter.com/jI79NqTGVr — Leading Ladies 904 (@LeadLadies904) August 26, 2016Nixon discussed how empowering it can be to “change the filter” on how you view things. As an example, she talked about how her beautiful six-year-old daughter didn’t like her own hair or skin color, and wanted to change it. Recalling how she herself—and even her Grandmother—had experienced the same feelings, Nixon talked about how painful it was to see her daughter—her “mini me”—perpetuate the cycle of negative black self-image. She assured the room racism still exists. Moxie Girl. The next recorded talk focused on privilege, and how one’s own privilege can preclude you from realizing or acknowledging that sexism and racial discrimination exist. Michael Kimmel: Why gender equality is good for everyone- men included. Yes, we all know it’s the right thing to do. But Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace and at home. It’s not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that will result in more opportunity and more happiness for everybody.
“The more gender equal a relationship is, the happier both parties are.” #AMEN #TEDTalk #WomenKickingAss https://t.co/j8WtT8D5rQ — Eugenia Allen (@OneUjena) August 25, 2016Thomas noted that women are appointed to CEO positions at half the rate of men. Cook said female officers in the field comprise fewer than 14% of the police force. It’s not always the physical demands of the job that limit female participation. Female job candidates want to hear more about the policing experience, so Cook has created a job fair symposium to address their concerns and believes it will help increase equal employment opportunities. Chapman acknowledged that, in Jacksonville, there is no shortage of help when starting businesses (Jax Chamber, One Spark, Co Work), but that time management and the priorities we have to balance are key factors in female business success. All of us need to learn how to break down the things that are most important. Chapman said she may not get to go to the park or watch TV (she’s never seen Orange is the New Black), but in return she gets to play a big part in the community. The panel, and particularly Thomas, also touched on the importance of mentorship (peer level feedback/coaching) and sponsorship (superior level feedback/coaching). “After 15 years, I realized having results is not enough to be promoted,” said Thomas. “You need a sponsor—someone who is in the room that you are not in.” Building community by mentoring and sponsoring others is something we all can do. Be cognizant of the energy you are putting out, and what you are getting back from it. Thank you for trusting TEDxJacksonville to lead this conversation.TEDxJacksonville is a 100% volunteer-based organization.