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Jun 7, 201810:29 AMOpen Mic

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Embracing female empowerment, together

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It’s about female empowerment

This entire experience has driven home for me why female empowerment is so important. We should all do as much as we can to ensure women have a seat at the table and remind them their opinions truly are valued.

As Judy put it, “Female empowerment is about equality and being treated with respect. If there’s ever been a moment, now is the moment for us to be heard.”

When it comes down to it, empowered women empower women and, therefore, getting more women into higher positions is crucial. I truly believe that women need to see other women in leadership roles, supporting one another. Together we are a force! Women need to lift each other up and inspire one another.

We need to give women opportunities to showcase their talents and help propel other women into leadership roles. Men play a key role in this, too. They need to advocate for and support women.

What can you do?

As a woman in a position of leadership, I implore young women who are just beginning their careers to simply go for it. Speak up. Dream big. You can do it! I love Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” concept. It remains incredibly relevant because it inspires action and confidence — two essential elements that younger women should embrace as they grow into their careers.

We can inspire the leaders of tomorrow to take the first step toward achieving their dreams; it’s such an easy thing for us to do. We just need to do it. That’s why it’s so important to me to talk about this! In my world, even the most confident women have questions when finances are involved.

Let’s get started

I hope this message is a step toward assuring every woman that it’s okay not to know all the answers right away. However, through confidence and planning she can get on track with her goals and achieve the life she wants.

And I think that an empowered attitude and confident perspective apply to any woman, in any scenario, in any industry.

Kim Sponem is CEO/president of one of Wisconsin’s largest credit unions, Summit Credit Union. Under her leadership since 2002 (then CUNA Credit Union) it has grown from $200 million to $3 billion in assets and its branch network has expanded from four locations to 34 across south central and southeastern Wisconsin, including three in Madison high schools.

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