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Susan “Weaver” ingrained in me so many lessons on generosity and how to work with my resources—maybe not financial resources, but certainly basic human resources like creativity, emotion, love, reflex, impulse, and energy. My mother had enormous human presence. She was innately comfortable in her body, her wisdom, and her power to impact and influence her surroundings.
My mother modeled for me how to show up ready to work hard, learn from people who are smarter than me, and get back up after defeat or disappointment and try again. She also encouraged my basketball career where I learned to “fake it until you make it.” Failure is constant in basketball… you miss a shot, you shake it off, reach out your arm, and ask for the ball again. All of these skills have been invaluable as I’ve navigated my own journey with money and power and worked to get more women into their own embodied mindset of money and power.
When I speak to my cisgender male friends and colleagues and ask them, “Do you love women? Want the best for them? Want women to be able to fulfill their dreams without limitations or barriers?” they emphatically say yes. So I suggest that perhaps they, are “lesbian men”, too. By this I mean they reject stereotypical gender roles and assumptions in a major way and they respect women.
#TuesdaysWithTuti grew out of a desire to highlight the incredible changemakers I have had the privilege of working with. Every Tuesday, I share a bit about the work these individuals are doing, and how I have been honored to support them. Read about the first six leaders I have featured below and spread the word about these extraordinary leaders and organizations. Follow me here for to see future posts.
I call Donna “the Mother Teresa of gender equity in sport” because she selflessly and tirelessly serves the invisible, the under-resourced, and/or embattled. A true changemaker uses their talents for what is needed, and Donna has consistently shown us that this is who she is. Just how far we have to go to reach gender equity in sport is more alive a topic than ever since we heard the testimonies from the Olympic gymnastics team in January.
But there is something incredible about hearing an icon like Steinem state something as simple and powerful as “get her involved in sports.” This is a statement that hundreds of women’s sports activists, athletes, feminists, coaches, teachers, and researchers have said for decades. But here we were in 2010 and here was Gloria Steinem at a funky off-broadway theater in New York again stating the obvious…
In my career, I have met women leaders and organizations who emulate my mother’s strong values for hard work, generosity, respect, and a cultivated curiosity. As a donor, board member, or coach, I'm attracted to opportunities when I resonate with a leader who mirrors these values.