Let’s face it, all the women I know have challenges managing their careers, running their businesses, raising families and having some of that important fun/rest/renew time. There are only so many hours in the day, only so many days in the week and at the clip we’re running at these days, overwhelm and stress can be close companions.
But, suppose you add another factor on top of all that. Suppose you are also a gay woman – wanting and doing all of the above and wanting to live an authentic, “be yourself” life.
Right now, in twenty-nine states, it is legal to fire someone simply for being gay or bisexual, and in thirty-eight states, it’s legal to fire someone for being transgender. And, even if your workplace is supportive, you can still run into issues with co-workers, clients or customers. So, the risk of coming out in your professional life, of living an authentic life, of being who you are, can be an agonizing decision with grave consequences for some.
My guests this week are all successful, professional women who just happen to be gay. And, each of them has made a conscious, thoughtful decision to be who they are in their personal lives, in their community, and at work. Joining me in the studio will be:
Betsy Cerulo – CEO of AdNet/AccountNet located in Columbia, Maryland, an integrative staffing solutions firm blending the best in people to create dynamic and healthy workplaces. AdNet was awarded Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise in the MidAtlantic region and Betsy will receive a 2012 SmartCEO Brava Award in July. Betsy is the co-author of the newly released book, Women Living Consciously.
Susan Silber, Esq. – partner at Silber, Perlman, Sigman & Tilev located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Susan is an experienced litigator in family, employment, civil rights, criminal, juvenile, and municipal law. In addition to drafting, counseling, negotiation and litigation, Susan is an experienced mediator and is trained in collaborative law. She has been the City Attorney for the City of Takoma Park for over 20 years and is a member of a network of experts from around the country, the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Lynette Brown, CPA/CFF, CVA, CGMA, MBA – Lyn has more than 20 years experience providing a variety of consulting services, including matters involving breach of contract, intellectual property, business valuations, corporate restructuring and litigation services. She has also worked on litigation brought by the Department of Justice.
Each of these women has an established, successful professional life. And, each of them made a courageous decision to live their truth.
Join us this week when we have a conscious conversation about challenging assumptions, changing minds and being openly gay in the workplace.
Saturday, June 16th, from 6:07-7:00 pm ET on Talkradio 680 WCBM Baltimore or “Listen Live” online
Be sure to check out last week’s show when I talked with Kim Fabian, Director of the Maryland Metabolic Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital and Wendy McConnell, a veteran dieter and now a participant in the well4life Program at Saint Agnes, about the importance of the “weight loss mindset” to achieve long lasting results.
If you missed the show or you want to share it with a friend, listen here.