Guest Post by: Tumi Frazier, founder of Tumi Frazier International
The Women’s Information Network held an Ambassadors Retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States last month, from September 15th to 27th. It was an opportunity for global women leaders to gather together to share ideas, forge trusted relationships, as well as to collaborate on various business projects and serve humanity. Tumi Frazier, the founder of Tumi Frazier International, and one of Lionesses of Africa’s valued guest bloggers, was there to experience this unique forum and shares her thoughts.
The Ambassadors gathering together at the Women’s Information Network Retreat represented different States or Counties from across the US, Canada, India, Hawaii, Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados, Virgin Islands, China, Africa, the Philippines and the Hispanic countries. It was exciting to be part of this incredible, fast growing global women’s network, which is positioned to empower women and open boundaries for collaboration worldwide, which is key to women economic empowerment and income growth.
The retreat provided an opportunity and an embracing environment in which we could form an authentic bond of sisterhood that transcended race, color, ethnicity and age. I was intrigued by how women were able to put aside their facades by sharing their deepest personal life lessons, insecurities, successes and challenges. This confirmed that we are always going through a process of growth and discovery, and the more open we are to sharing both successes and challenges, the more we let others know who we truly are.
When women are self sufficient, they can move out of survival mode to self actualization and ultimately selfless service.
Part of the Retreat was to discuss action oriented programs to complement the Global Women Summits which are held around the world each year, as well as to ensure continuous learning and programme longevity in different countries. The Global Women Initiative Programme has been designed to improve women’s personal lives, their businesses, and to strengthen their families. What really excited me at the event was the Entrepreneurship Certification that is internationally accredited. Entrepreneurs will now have 12 modules on three levels; Basic Intermediate and Advanced. These modules teach entrepreneurs how to start and grow their businesses, step by step, and are relevant whether you run an informal business or are ready to go global.
One of the interesting elements of the retreat programme dealt with how to deal with some of the challenges facing families in today’s increasingly busy and stressful world. There were some very interesting approaches to dealing with some of these challenges - here are just two of the learnings taken from the programme and a different, positive approach to knowing what to say in often difficult circumstances that arise in families.
Mothers, after a very busy and stressful day at the office, how do you respond to your 3 year old child who yells:”I hate you”, or your teenager who walks away from you while you are still talking and slams the door? Or, how about an angry husband who lashes out at you and says unkind words because you are never home, and on the odd days when you are home, you bring the laptop to bed…
This is what I learnt:
Whenever you encounter emotionally charged confrontations, instead of you reacting to the unkind words. You respond by saying: “How did you want me to feel when you said that?" Try this approach and see the difference in how you feel and how the situation changes as a result.
Tumi Frazier is a South African entrepreneur, professional speaker, author, TV personality, consultant, and founder of Tumi Frazier International, Tumi Leadership Academy, and Tumi Foundation. Tumi is an internationally acclaimed Leadership and Change Management expert who has worked with high profile clients and organizations across Africa, United States and Europe. Tumi has authored 4 books: Courageous Stories of Inspiration; In the Midst of the Storm; Stepping Stones to Success; and Your Moment. Follow Tumi Twitter | LinkedIn
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