Hey #HR Aristocrats! The month of March is special to me. On one hand, it is the month that this little Czarina was born. I will be celebrating my 30th birthday proudly and loudly (Editor’s Note: If any of you tweet or write a single comment referring to me as a “baby”, it is going to be a problem. Forewarned is forearmed. *wink wink*) On the other end of the spectrum, it is Women’s History Month.

Both of these occasions have me feeling empowered as a woman. I am empowered by my mom and my two living grandmothers. I am empowered by my maternal great-grandmother who raised three children on her own all while sewing for the best of the best in Guyana, South America to support herself. She was beyond wise and a pistol. I am also empowered by my girlfriends- a small circle of trust as I call them, but nonetheless fabulous. I cannot forget the most important women-in-progress; the little women I have been blessed to give birth to.

Interestingly enough, the women I have met through social media and blogging have inspired me as well. Whether it is a tweet or a blog post these ladies are inspiring me daily to be better, to be bold, to be vulnerable and to show humility. These are not concepts that are new to me, but they are regularly being reshaped and redefined as I continue to learn from each of these fabulous ladies.

Clearly, there are many extraordinary women in this space. They are too numerous to mention and certainly all could not be properly honored within one month.

As such, I have handpicked a group of women in HR, business, and social media that I have asked to contribute to a new series here at TAOHR called “Leading Ladies”. I have never met any one of them in real life, but they all have an aura, presence and soul that exudes strength, integrity and an a ability to impact this thing we call the world of work in a major way. They are mothers, daughters, wives, entrepreneurs, bloggers, early careerists and so much more.  In a nutshell, they are phenomenal women.

I have plenty to be thankful for turning 30 years of age in March. I have accomplished much and I still have plenty more ground to cover. Rather than celebrating my birthday on the day of with some cheesy birthday/HR post, I would prefer to celebrate the audacious and awesome women that I have had the pleasure of being acquainted with.

I will not share who is in the lineup, because I like to keep my readers in suspense. However, I can say that you will agree that these gals are all that and a gazillion bags of chips after you hear their stories. This is not about another HR lesson. This series is about the triumphs, obstacles and tribulations of being a woman in the 21st century. Compelling enough? I think so.

Stay tuned! The first post in the series will go-live on Monday, March 4th.

Poem: A Woman’s Beauty

The beauty of a woman
Is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries,
Or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole
But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
The passion that she shows,
And the beauty of a woman
With passing years only grows!

– – – written by Teresa Mahieu

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