The Energy Within Us: An Illuminating Perspective from Five Trailblazers
You've heard of the glass ceiling.
It's the barrier holding women back from breaking through to the highest echelons of corporate America. A few women are promoted to those power seats, but the realm of leadership in America's top companies remains mostly male--and mostly white.
If striving for success in that reality weren't daunting enough, some women face an additional barrier: the black ceiling.
That's the barricade blocking African Americans from ascending into the top levels of corporate leadership.
Black women who aspire to become senior executives or CEOs face the double obstacle of the glass and the black ceilings, especially in certain industries where the statistics for female and black representation are discouraging.
Think about how difficult and disheartening it might seem as a black woman aspiring to excel and transcend to a corporate leadership position through the glass ceiling and the black ceiling in the historically white male energy industry.
We are five African American female executives who have achieved all of the above.
And by sharing our stories in this book, our objective is to offer our lives and our careers as inspirational blueprints for other women and people of color who aspire to leadership positions in the corporate arena.
We have blazed new trails in the energy industry by shattering ceilings. However, much work remains. The low representation of women and people of color at the helm of corporate leadership requires a strong commitment to persevering past the many obstacles that can delay and derail a career.
That is why we convened on the pages of this book to show that, Yes, it can be done! We show it through: our own personal belief systems; networking with other women and people of color in our industry; receiving guidance from mentors; committing long hours to our jobs; relocating when opportunity knocked; pursuing our education and training to propel us on an upward trajectory in our field; and celebrating the successes as they come.
Very importantly, we have demonstrated a commitment throughout our careers--and now into retirement for some of us--to reaching back to mentor others so they can follow the paths that we have blazed into uncharted territory for women and people of color in corporate America.
We hope that by reading The Energy Within Us: An Illuminating Perspective from Five Trailblazers, you will be inspired and informed about how to succeed in business and in life.
About the Authors
Joyce Hayes Giles is an energy industry executive with over 35 years of experience transforming organizations’ customer and philanthropic performance. Most recently she was Assistant to the Chairman and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. In addition, she served as the company’s Chief Ethics Officer and Ombudsman for employee related issues.
Carolyn Green is Managing Partner of EnerGreen Capital Management, which she founded in 2009 to invest in late-venture and early-growth-stage companies involved in the energy and environmental industries. Prior to founding EnerGreen, she was a Vice President with Sunoco, Inc., the Philadelphia-based oil refiner/marketer.
Telisa Toliver is currently GM, Chevron Pipeline and Power, has led many commercial functions throughout the energy value chain, and has been a strong advocate for the inclusion of African Americans and women in the energy industry.
Rose McKinney-James, Managing Principal of McKinney-James & Associates, is a seasoned small business leader, clean energy advocate, and independent corporate director with a long history in public service, non-profit volunteerism, and private sector corporate social responsibility.
Hilda Pinnix-Ragland is the CFO of AHK Global Resources and is also an independent corporate director. Most recently, she served as a senior executive of corporate public affairs at Duke Energy with national and international responsibilities. Her experience expands into financial, operations, and utility regulations. She founded the HPR STEM Academy, now in its fifth year, which serves girls going from elementary to middle school.
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Are you living your most authentic life? Or is the real you a secret you keep buried inside? Do you have a brick wall of bad habits, a negative mindset, fear, distractions, unfulfilling work, and problematic relationships are blocking you from showing the real YOU to the world?
Do you feel like your life is whizzing by... and your dreams remain at a standstill, trapped somewhere between who you are and who you want to be?
What if you could blast past your blocks - and step into your best Life?
What if you could take 20 minutes a day to find the words that inspire action to be and going for everything you want?
Take our 28-Day PowerJournal Challenge and we'll show you how!
PowerJournal sounds like a noun, but it's a verb.
PowerJournal is all about taking action on the ideas and insights that you discover as you journey within yourself to unleash your infinite power to manifest your heart's greatest desires.
The PowerJournal technique uses four tools that enable you to open a clear channel to your Highest Self, which knows the truth about who you are, what you want, and how you can get it.
The Tools are:
- Intuitive Writing
The PowerJournal process enables you to
boost your confidence;
attract romance, adventure, and love;
create a business;
get healthier, feel better, and look better;
heal after a break-up or divorce;
strengthen your intuition and spirituality;
find the courage to speak up, speak out, live louder, express your truth, and create a lifestyle according to You, not the world's expectations or traditions....
You can do all of this within a safe community of like-minded indviduals sharing inspiration and wisdom.
For the next four weeks, we'll guide you through this simple yet profound process of using daily writing exercises, along with meditation, to explore who you really are, what you want, and how to get it.
The act of transcribing your thoughts and bringing them into the physical world in the form of words activates power within yourself and within the universe.
This literary alchemy triggers the Law of Attraction to empower you with resources and opportunities to help you become the creator of yourself and of your life.
Using the PowerJournal Tools of Intention, Meditation, Intuitive Writing, and Journaling enables you to open a clear channel to your Higher Self, which knows the truth about who you are, what you want, and how you can get it. This knowledge is often trapped deep within us by fear, trauma, expectations set by society and people around us, and the distractions of our noisy, overstimulating world.
If you're looking for proof that PowerJournal is life-changing, PowerJournal Creator Elizabeth Ann Atkins used PowerJournal to lose 100 pounds after pregnancy in 1998. Then when she celebrated her weight loss on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the segment that aired showed her journaling in the Harpo Studios, doing the very thing that we're about to teach you!
"I practice what we're preaching," Elizabeth says. "When I started combining the power of journaling with meditation, I started to really tap into my power, and find the courage to unleash it. So PowerJournaling enables me to continually evolve into my best Self, living my most desirable Life, as a writer, a mom/sister/daughter, an entrepreneur, a TV host, a friend, and a citizen. PowerJournal is a lifestyle, and we are thrilled to share it with you!"
Sharpen your pencils, fire up your laptop, or crack open a notebook.
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