The message of multi-platinum gospel music singer and radio show host Yolanda Adams to attendees of an upcoming conference for women in business and leadership will focus on maintaining a sense of self even in a corporate world.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) are hosting the Women’s Global Leadership Summit on December 12 for the first time in The Bahamas. Adams is the featured guest speaker.
“The central focus of anything that do, especially when it comes to women in leadership and people in leadership is to – of all the successes that you may have and all the failures – maintain your sense of self, that’s the first thing. Because you go to enough financial seminars, you go to enough ‘leading in the workplace in 21st century’, you go to enough of those; but how many times has anyone said, ‘have you thought about yourself, are you taking care of yourself, how is your mental clarity, are you even having enough peace time?’ Those things make the biggest difference being an entrepreneur, being a woman in business and being a leader in the community,” the Grammy Award-winning singer said in an interview with Guardian Business yesterday.
The conference is being held in partnership with Citadel Consultants at the Grand Hyatt, Baha Mar and is aimed at empowering women in business and the corporate world.
Adams said she hopes to inspire the women and men who attend the conference to pour into themselves so that they can pour more into their businesses.
“Women, we tend to forget about ourselves. We tend to take projects on gung-ho, then we leave work and take on the family gung-ho and then at the end of the night or the end of the day, what are you left with? You’re left with a person who is just exhausted, spent and really has no sense of ‘hey maybe I need to cut back on this stuff and take care of myself,’” Adams said.
“Women have always been leaders in the community. Whether it was the grandmother taking care of the kids, whether it was the hairstylist who did everybody’s hair in the community, the mom who was a part-time realtor, the mom who was the teacher, we’ve always taken on these roles in our communities.
“Now it’s different because the community and the family units have changed in a way that there are some women who have more education, they have more of a background, they have more experience, so they are the ones in leadership positions. So, I just believe that with our tenacity, with all of our strengths and all of the multitasking that we can do, I think it makes us perfect leaders.”
Today is the last day of early registration, which offers cost benefits.