Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on February 20.
“Do you remember the day you got it? The day you understood that time is finite? That you will not be here forever?” began Lewis. She told the audience that time is short. Lewis said signifiers such as burying a friend or loved one, leaving a toxic relationship, or making a career change that makes one realize how quickly life passes.
On Thursday, February 20, 2020, Cathy Lewis, Host of Hearsay on WHRV-FM 89.5, discussed her journey from “Success to Significance: Why the Encore Years May Be the Best Yet” during the PWLLS. Lewis explained how she came to discover her calling and shared a few valuable life lessons she’s learned along the journey.
Lewis said her “moment” occurred on Lake Gaston when she saw a mother bird teaching its baby bird to fly. She said it made her realize that she needed to begin thinking about her life plan. “When you come up with your mission, vision, and goal statement, two things may happen,” said Lewis. “One is that you’ll make a mistake, and that is okay. The second thing that may happen to you along the way is that life will intervene, and you’ll have to adjust your timeframe.”
Lewis shared a statistic with the audience: women make up 2/3 of all caregivers. She said the average caregiver is 49 years old and spends roughly 20 hours a week caring for their family members. “Caregiving has taught me to do what is yours to do, and don’t do what is not yours to do.” She encouraged the women in the audience to take time to think about important decisions and to do what they can do to help.
“The second thing I’ve learned about creating your own goals is to buy some time.” Lewis stressed the importance of giving yourself time and waiting at least 24 hours before agreeing to donate your time to any unpaid commitments. “That gives me enough time to check my mission, vision, goals, and plan to determine whether this will keep me on the right path.”
The third piece of wisdom Lewis shared was, “It’s better to do one or two things well than to do five or six things kind of sort of.” She urged audience members to be selective about where they give their time, energy, and attention. “You are investing something very precious when you give someone or something your time.”
Lewis said it’s important for women to be careful of where and how they dedicate their time. “When you get serious about how you deploy your time, you will figure out what’s important to you and what the rest of your life is about,” said Lewis. She said, “My current vision for my life is to make my corner of the world; the very best it can be.”
“I have decided my second act is going to be all about making this corner of the world better,” stated Lewis. “My vision is essentially to inspire people to change the world by changing their corner of it.” She hopes to distribute content that is engaging to women and helps them “bloom where they’re planted.” Lewis said that the older she becomes, the more she wants to surround herself with positivity, including people and things.
In closing, Lewis said, “women are absolutely the key to our future. It is so important for us to have more women in elected office and on corporate boards.” She referenced the 20% of women who make up Fortune 1000 companies boards. Lewis said that positions on these boards leads to exceptional performance and can save organizations millions of dollars through risk management. She left those in attendance with the message that perseverance and motivation will allow women to change their world for the better.
Lewis encouraged women to get involved, ask for opportunities at work, and find your passion. “This is a great time for women at this stage of your career. Use your voice in positive and powerful ways and use your voice to champion and encourage your sisters around the table,” ended Lewis.
“Our biggest dilemma is managing and mastering our work-life balance,” said Ashley Veal, Director of Media Sales Services for Cox Communications. Cox was the presenting sponsor for the Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series (PWLLS). “The Hampton Roads Chamber’s commitment to advocating for women leaders is something Cox truly appreciates and wholeheartedly supports,” said Veal.
The Hampton Roads Chamber is proud to host the Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series and would like to thank the following sponsors: Cox (Presenting Sponsor), Old Point National Bank (Series Presenting Sponsor), Atlantic Union Bank and Tidewater Home Funding (Series Luncheon Sponsors), Troutman Sanders (Luncheon Sponsor), and Premier Events (Décor Sponsor).
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