I recently watched a TED Talk, as I often do while sitting at my desk working, and one phrase shared by the speaker resonated with me so much that I had to stop and ponder for a while. The statement was "an injury to one is an injury to us all." This notion, that we are better together, has always been my belief but I guess the words were so much richer this time because I was hearing someone else validate what I believed was true.
What we say matters. Our spoken words are the key factors in defining new pathways for our communities and generations to come. As many Americans face the harsh realities threatening our country each day, I encourage you to remain vocal and be able to empower those around us. It is important to remember that no matter what resources you have or lack, feeling empowered to use and maximize what you have makes all the difference.
Education is one of the many avenues to encourage future leaders to use their voices and talents. As many begin a new school year this month, I want to remind you of the importance of investing in others and being a support to those in need, even if it’s just a listening ear followed by a few words of encouragement. The impact you can have on someone’s mental state is incredible.
To make sure we are providing you with relevant resources that help combat mental health challenges, our theme for this year’s Emerging Issues Symposium is Mental Health Awareness. The new date is November 11th so please mark your calendars and look for more information on how to support and attend the event. The Women’s Policy Forum plans and produces the symposium each year, with proceeds benefiting the Women's Policy Forum Foundation, whose purpose is to raise awareness and distribute funds to organizations that impact women and girls.
This month I am excited to hear from Fort Worth’s very own, Mayor Mattie Parker, as she shares how the city of Fort Worth is empowering community members and leaders to have a positive impact for years to come. She will share with us the grand initiatives the city of Fort Worth is leading and the implementation of programs that will benefit our communities.
As a reminder, we are in a peak season of COVID, and I want to caution you to stay safe and take the necessary steps to remain healthy. We are watching our registration numbers for this month’s luncheon and will have masks and sanitizing items available.
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Women’s Policy Forum Chair
Source: TED Talk. Racism has a cost for everyone. Heather C. McGhee