Yesterday, I attended my second PURE event in NYC, the first being a retreat upstate. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Pure, it is a community of women from around the globe that seek to be drawn together for friendship, networking, and spiritual growth. PURE has recognized the need woman have to “get real” with one another about their struggles and challenges in life. I was introduced to PURE through one of its founders, Melissa Tamplin. Melissa was in my Dad’s youth group when he was in youth ministry. The blessings gained from the legacy my Dad has left (and is continuing to leave) for Whitney, Travis and I, is overwhelming at times. Melissa has quickly become a role model for me, both spiritually and professionally.
Reflecting after the PURE Brunch I was struck again with how powerful a group of women can be. Through different conversations I have been apart of in NYC, whether its been over coffee, in a friend’s kitchen, at events, or my own self reflection, there is much to be said about what is happening for women globally. Women are transitioning from the “mean girl” mentality to reaching out a hand and helping a sister in need. I see women seeking to empower each other, grow together and pursuing transparency instead of hiding from it. I’ve met women who are very vocal about this idea (love this message from Esther Houston: here.) and it’s made me want to jump on board. It’s a movement that’s reaching over social barriers, complacency in the work place and past fears women have had.
I just recently began reading “Lean In”. I know there are many different views on Sheryl Sandberg and her desire for women to take on the corporate ladder like never before. I for one, am a huge fan. It seems everywhere I look, socially or in a work setting, I can see the transition from women being catty, insecure and petty to women reaching higher, sharing their struggles and being lifted up by one another.
One reason I have so enjoyed being plugged into PURE, along with other seminars and events that are aimed at empowering women is because I’ve found that it’s more important than ever for women to have a ‘safe place’ where they can share stories and come together for encouragement and support. It’s been amazing to meet women of all ages who are seeking to move onward and be lifted upward.
Check out these lovely ladies and events who are striving to empower women and make a change. This is such a small list, I encourage you to connect with women who are seeking change in your community, and if you have a passion or an idea in mind, go for it! The time is now. Xoxx
The journey has just begun but stay tuned for some fun projects ahead on missemilywarren.com.
(P.S.: I’ve had so many recent graduates reach out to me to chat about the potential of their futures and I am so humbled they would let me share in their excitement! If you are ever lacking guidance or would like to brainstorm how your passions and interest can align into a dream career, I would love to help you process all of that. 🙂 )