I am inspired by so many incredible women who live their lives in and out of the public eye. This is the first of an occasional column about the Boss Moms who balance high-powered careers, motherhood and making their mark in the world. Have a favorite Boss Mom you’d like to see featured? I’d love to hear from you.
Why we love her.
Because she is a Style Icon and one of the most recognized women in the world. Because as Mom-In-Chief she has kept a steady hand on raising her two daughters in the political fishbowl that is Washington. Because before her husband was a little known senator from Illinois with presidential aspirations, she was a hospital executive focused on tackling pressing community health issues on the South side of Chicago. Because much like her predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, she is redefining the role of FLOTUS now using her position as a bully pulpit to address childhood obesity and improve access to healthy foods. Because she is the ultimate example of grace under pressure.
What you can learn.
Discipline and Organization.
Michelle Obama is legendary for her self-discipline. Each morning she rises at 4:30 am to run on the treadmill before getting her daughters off to school. A champion list-maker, she has dazzled White House Staff with her incredible energy, focus and the ability to remain an oasis of calm in the midst of chaos.
Passion + Expertise = Bold Change
The first lady is using her skills as a former healthcare executive along with her flawless communication skills to change the way we eat. Ignoring her critics, she has tackled fat in school lunches, is urging kids to get active and recently announced a partnership with Wal-Mart, the world’s largest supermarket, to announce a major initiative to drop prices on healthy food items and provide more nutritious food options for American families.
Michelle is such a role model for moms and women everywhere.
I especially admire how she goes about fostering positive change by focusing on what she wants (for children to have access to healthy food and active lifestyles) instead of attacking what she doesn’t want.
Thanks P for this wonderful and thought provoking post.
Cheryl – I couldn’t agree with you more. She is an incredible role model and the fact that she has made such an impact on so many women is a testament to her character.