Imagine it is the summer of 1966, you are recently unemployed after being fired by a male boss who found your energy and entrepreneurial spirit intimidating. You are also a recently divorced mother of 7 children ages 2 to 11.
You ask your aunt for a $2000 loan and start up a competitive temporary employment agency business called Exclusively Women! It becomes a huge success and beacon of light for many of women for years to follow.
You have two more children and now it is the summer of 1981. You organize the first Women’s Conference in Hartford, CT, inspiring many at the time to step up and stand up for equal rights and opportunities. If there was any woman on the planet a more loving, caring and giving leader; Then I would not be able to call her Mom!
My mother, Joanne Smith, has inspired many woman and her children with her bold actions. I am honored to celebrate her today on International Women’s Day #IWD2018 and every day that I am a business leader, a father, a husband and a very proud Son!