Someone recently suggested I write my "Dream Bio" to be read by an unknown host to introduce me, to an unknown audience, at an unknown event, 20+ years from now.
Given my natural instinct to seek control over events in my life, I wanted to know whom I would be speaking to, at what event, and for what reason?!? With relatively little guidance, I decided to focus on the "20+ years from now" part of the directions.
First, I wanted to write about the two amazing children my husband and I have raised, an accomplishment I am proud of above all else.
Then I saw the opportunity to share my vision for my career and imagined a room full of young game-changers seeking inspiration.
Here's an excerpt.
...By rescuing herself through connection and action, and recognizing her lifelong talent as a CEO, Sheilah Crowley, a working mom with a husband and two children, designed a workshop – specifically catered to women facing change – that would transform the lives of women all over world.
Embraced by the most conservative to most liberal thinkers, Ms. Crowley’s recipe for self-actualization has provided a universally adapted model for any woman seeking to find balance between their family responsibilities and a fulfilling career – to find her true voice and her true north.
After her debut on the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference stage in 2018, Oprah Winfrey engaged Ms. Crowley in her Girl Power movement. Since then, her “Summit” workshops have been translated into 200 languages from South Africa to the South Pacific.
Sheilah is a presenter, author and public figure representing women and change.
After my 15-year old daughter read the op-ed piece I wrote for the Greenwich Time, she announced that I was a "feminist." While I have never claimed that title, if that is what it means to support women to find their true voice, then I'm in.
When I am long gone, and someone asks what did she do, I hope the response is ”Sheilah’s legacy was providing a high touch way for women to not only see but feel emboldened take action on behalf of their full potential - at whatever stage in life.
Given the scale of future success I envisioned in my Dream Bio, I need to pick up my pace to achieve it. In fact, the exercise was so powerful, there's hardly a day I don't wake up brimming with purpose and excitement.
Try writing your Dream Bio.
I think you'll notice a major upshift in your game.
Founder & CEO, The Summit
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