Announcing #50Shows: Giving Women a Platform and a Voice
Being a woman in business and a mom juggling family responsibilities certainly has presented many great adventures and challenges. They say, “Balance, balance, balance.” I’ve spent a large part of my career finding this balance between career and family, as well as mentoring other women, both seasoned and young professionals, to do the same. My mantra has always been to grow by embracing new opportunities, even when the journey is uncertain. I don’t often mention my younger years when I was a single mom and owned a marketing communications firm at the same time. There were some really big hills along the way, but I’m so glad that I climbed them!
For me, it’s been an incredible journey and the best adventure of my life. I’ve always believed the more challenges you tackle, then the more rewards you receive. What’s harder to achieve is worth so much more, whether you’re a man or a woman.
So here’s where the #50Shows (Empowering Woman) initiative comes into play … I want to tell you a little story about a my new friends and my pledge to help them give women a platform and a voice with 50 Internet radio shows.
When I met Jim Nico founder of the Social Network Show and his partner and co-host, Dr. Jane Karwoski, PhD, I was immediately interested in their work. Reviewing their radio talk show guests was a walk down Interesting Lane. Guests have included amazing women, sharing stories and best practices. Then, I came to learn about a wonderful initiative just launched by Jim, Jane and their team called #50Shows Empowering Women. There are 50 Internet radio shows available through the Social Network Station for women who want to increase their skills and build a presence in media.
I immediately raised my hand to get involved. Because of my work to mentor professionals, at a time when different campaigns including #RealBeauty, #ShineStrong, #GirlsCan and #LikeAGirl are top of mind, supporting and empowering women is a natural way for me to volunteer my time. Then, after reviewing the stats about women in media, my decision to participate was further validated.
Following several conversations with Jim and Jane, I’ve become a big admirer and supporter of their work, passion, and enthusiasm. Most of all, I appreciate their genuine efforts to help women to develop professionally, as well as personally. Our discussions have led other exciting opportunities, which includes me joining the Social Network Association Advisory Board and a radio show in the future … more to come on that initiative soon.
So, as I move forward with new exciting adventures and helping women become involved in #50Shows, I also wanted to offer women a voice on the PR Expanded blog. If you have an interesting story or a journey you want to share in business or life, please let me know.
I hope you will join our journey to help fill up those #50Shows, and become a part of growing community.
Remember, expansion always means opportunity!
October 6, 2014 @ 10:07 am
Deirdre Breakenridge is one of the most brilliant innovators, entrepreneurs, pr experts in the world and our cherished Strategic Partner. She has taken our desire to help women and girls worldwide. Deirdre is helping us reach the poorest of the poor with the hope of having their own shows on http://TheSocialNetworkStation.com . Our company is 100% devoted to #EmpoweringWomen and we are especially attuned to the unique timing, power,and pivotal role of the #Latina as we hope to launch shows for #LatinaEmpowerment worldwide.
Jim Nico, CEO/Founder/SNi
The Social Network Show l The Social Network Station l The Social Network Association
October 6, 2014 @ 1:50 pm
Congrats, Deirdre! I know I speak for many when I say you are such an inspiration. And it’s wonderful that you are using this platform to inspire more women (and men) in their pursuit of excellence. I’m looking forward to helping you in any way that I can!
October 6, 2014 @ 2:48 pm
Thank you Shonali! I really appreciate your support and you know that I always want to involve my incredible friends 🙂 I look forward to chatting with you more about #50Shows.
October 7, 2014 @ 12:10 pm
I was so pleased to see this in my newsfeed and wanted to congratulate you on #50Shows new initiative. One of the things I have loved about my involvement in social and digital is the range of creative, talented and hard working women I have met and communicated with. They (we) are out there in all shapes and sizes and representing every demographic and age. What wealth you’ll have to draw from!
best of luck to you. I look forward to watching this unfold.
October 7, 2014 @ 2:16 pm
Thank you so much, Allen! Yes, there are many incredible women and we’re always learning from one another. If you know of anyone that you think would be interested in #50Shows, please let me know. I’m also looking to my friends for their recommendations on interesting stories about women in business, and/or if they have great personal stories to share, for the PR Expanded blog. I really appreciate your note to me and all of your support.