What would Gina do?
Early on in my career, I was sitting in a sales meeting with a bunch of successful executives who had just arrived at the office in their fancy BMWs, holding their fine leather briefcases, carefully balancing their hot lattes so they wouldn’t spill it on their designer clothes. The moderator said, “Let’s try an icebreaker. If you had $10,000,000, what’s one thing you would do with the money?” I heard everything from, “Quit my job” to “Pay off my bills” to “Buy a big house on the beach” to “Travel the world.”
When it was my turn to answer (I had just arrived in my not so fancy Chrysler, no latte and no designer clothes to ruin), I said, “I’d build a shelter for the homeless and find a way to educate their kids.” You can’t imagine the groans I heard and the comments that followed which all boiled down to the same response, “I want to change my answer!” I thought, “Hey! If my response can get people to change how they’d spend their money, maybe I’m on to something.”
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have the opportunities that have come my way and I believe in helping others do the same. That’s why I am so passionate about being involved in these organizations:
In 2006, Tarana Burke founded the me too. movement to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. Using the idea of “empowerment through empathy,” the me too. movement was ultimately created to ensure survivors know they’re not alone in their journey.