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Introducing myself and my journal: Bridging the Gender Gap

About Me:
I march to the beat of my drum and often find myself going against the waves. My unique upbringing provided me the ability to grow up with no baggage, barriers or limitations. I easily assimilate/adapt to whatever cultures or situations I find myself in without giving up my personal identity, values or ethics.

I am a very energetic professional with experience in both the public and private sectors with a proven track record in the fields of education and government. In the early days of my career, I worked for the private sector that included Tapecraft Corporation, the largest webbing corporation in the nation based out of Anniston AL. I should mention that I was "only" Hispanic working for the company. I always joked with my friends telling them that all they had to do was ask for the Mexican girl and everyone would know it was me.

The need to spend time with my children led me towards working in the public sector. A great majority of my career was spent at the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD), the largest school district in Region XIX. I loved it there and spent my time volunteering at the schools and mentoring youth. As a rebellious teenager, I knew first hand how easy it was to make wrong choices and how at that given time as a teenager you do not realize the impact those decisions will have on your life as an adult. So I made it my mission to guide them as best as possible.

In search of a new challenge, I moved on to implement special projects for the City of Sunland Park, NM where many of the projects I implemented continue to benefit its citizens today. It was in this city that I built my career, professional reputation and discovered my Hispanic roots. I was in this beautiful playground where there were no limits to what I could do. Sunland Park holds a very special place in my heart and even though I moved on after working there for over 3 years, I still continue to provide input into its operations and sporadically work with the community and its leaders.

If you look at my career, it's quite diversified. I have worked for small businesses, large corporations, utility companies, law enforcement, education, health department, local/county government and private consultant.

And today, I find myself leading the Women’s Intercultural Center, a grassroots nonprofit located in the rural community of Anthony, NM. I had also devoted my time to mentoring women and helping them become self-reliant but never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine I would be leading a organization focused precisely on educating and empowering women. It was divine intervention that placed me on this path, for what I was striving for was attaining the leadership position of City Administrator. I was actually envisioning myself in this position and everything that I could accomplish and how that was going to lead my career to new levels as worked my way up to a bigger city. Needless to say, due to political circumstances my appointment was not approved. I remember crying, something I rarely do, and telling God that I hoped he had something really good instored for me because I really wanted that job. When the opportunity first came, I turned it down and when it came back again for a second time I jumped on it and here I am.

In the first initial months, I really questioned my leadership of this organization. I wondered if I was the right person...Me, the person that feels at home being the "only" woman at the conference table because I'm considered one of the guys with the ability to influence their decisions. The one that is in control of her emotions, always operating out of logic just as if I were Mr. Spock from Star Trek. But a wonderful thing happened, I got invited to participate in a week long training called Cultivating Women's Leadership. It is here that I realized how unique I was from other women given the fact of my multi-cultural family make up (my father is part Black and German, my mother is part Aztec and Spanish, and my children...one is Arabic and the other is Black) and my upbringing which taught me to compartmentalize my emotions and experiences to be able to focus on my goals and objectives as well the responsibility for my own happiness and success. It is here that I learned to connect to the emotional part of me as the women openly shared their feelings with me. It is here I found my purpose, bridging that gap between male and female. If we are to gain equality we cannot leave the men behind. We must include them and get them to buy in that in bringing women to the table our communities and world have a better chance at thriving, a chance for us all and not just one gender.

I have learned so much from my sisters and know that there's so much more to learn. For now, I concentrate my energy and being in providing women of Southern NM and West TX the tools necessary for them to become authors of their own destinies.

My Passions:
Education

My Challenges:
People who don't wish to change the status quo.

My Vision for the Future:
Women and men working together in co-creating a better world.

My Areas of Expertise:
Education and Government

Comments

nilima's picture

your line"If we are to gain

your line"If we are to gain equality we cannot leave the men behind" has the powerful message in it. I was excited, eager and much impressed in every line you have wrote here in your journal. Yes the issue of gender has been misunderstood, whenever we talk about gender people here think that its only about women.

your journey of life could be the lesson for many people and i am much surprised to know how you found your positive power and how you discovered yourself in your journey and walked with your most powerful uniqueness.

We pulse wire team are much glad to welcome you here and we are much eager to read your journals!

A BIG AND WARM WELCOME TO YOU IN PULSEWIRE , MARY:)

WITH LOVE
NILIMA

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.
Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

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