Going further. Reaching deeper. Daring for more. "Women on the RISE" is an inspiring compilation of stories from 17 women who weren’t willing to settle. Instead, they created the careers and lives they needed to put them on a path to professional success and personal satisfaction. Their journeys all came together at RISE Collaborative Workspace, an inspiring community of female professionals in St. Louis. In this collection of stories are tales of channeling one’s strengths, changing careers, overcoming loss, supporting other women, and rising to the top. No one woman’s journey was the same yet they all find themselves further ahead today than they once dreamed possible. And none of them got there alone. Readers will be inspired by the stories of women helping women, of women asking for what they deserve and not taking ‘No’ for an answer. If readers believe in the power of women not only being at the table, but leading the discussion, they’ll be moved by these stories. And if readers are feeling stuck or in need of inspiration to create change for themselves and their futures, "Women on the RISE" will help light that spark. It’s impossible not to feel a connection to one—if not all—of these authors and take away an idea that will inspire movement.
"Women on the Rise"
My Journey to Craft the Career of My Dreams I t was the day I had worked hard for. The day that made my blood, sweat, tears, late nights, and early mornings worth it. It was the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. It was May 17, 2014, the day I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Management with a minor in Theological Studies from Saint Louis University. It was a big “check” off of my life to-do list. Graduation cap? Check. Graduation robe? Check. Bright smile? Check. Hope? Check. Excitement? Check. #BlackGirlMagic? Check. The start of my dreams coming true? Check. As I walked down the aisle to receive my degree—happy, unstoppable, and optimistic—I had no idea my dreams of life after college would be so different from my reality. I envisioned myself making a five-figure salary or more per year, and based on the way the school set it up, it was exactly what I should have expected. However, I tried everything I could to secure a position related to my degree and interest—human resources—but most jobs wanted five or more years of experience. I hit dead end after dead end and immediately after graduation settled for a part-time paid position as an intern at a small workforce staffing company, making a few cents above minimum wage. I was teased and frowned upon for making so little money with my fancy degree, thinking I was tricking the system, knowing one day I was going to be a top human resources executive.