You're probably wondering what Halloween has to do with the future of women's leadership. But I saw something today that gave me tremendous hope for the future and the role women will take in shaping it.
I'm often asked to speak to women's groups - women business owners, women in the finance industry and women in corporate management. A question everyone asks is,"What will the future hold? Will we see more women in leadership positions? And how do we get there?"
My answer is, we will see more women in leadership roles. All generations will contribute to the progress.
The Boomer women continue to pave the way, creating new opportunities, new attitudes and taking unprecedented control over their own lives.
Younger women are benefiting from programs like Title IX, and changing mind sets. They're tackling the world with the attitude that everything boys can do, girls can do, too.
But it's the youngest generation and their role that struck me today at the Halloween parade. I watched three young girls walk arm in arm down the street. One was the female Neytiri from Avatar, one was a princess, and one was a SWAT team member.
This image resonated so strongly with me because it represents a true shift. A young girl can grow up believing she can be anything she wants to be.
She can be an alien with super powers and an unrelenting drive to save her people and her world.
She can be a princess granting wishes, living in a world of pink, and beautiful dreams and magical possibilities.
Or she can be on a SWAT team, kicking ass and taking down the bad guys.
Watching these three girls walking down the street, linked arm in arm, gave me hope. When we can be our authentic selves, we celebrate not only our common aims, but our differences and the unique voice we all bring to the table. I truly believe women (and men) working together are going to change the world...one avatar, one princess and one SWAT team member at a time.