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CEO Thoughts: Is it too soon to have hope?

Last updated on October 10, 2020
CEO Thoughts: Is it too soon to have hope?

Is it too soon for me to feel hope that there is meaningful change ahead?

I love certainty, but if I had to trade the certainty of our former status quo for the hope of a coronavirus vaccine, jobs returning, and racial justice in policing, healthcare, education, investment, job creation — and more — I would trade it in a minute.

Anytime you get in a place of vulnerability, you change. Our country is at a place of extreme vulnerability. But I have hope. Does that make me naive or privileged to have hope? I don't know.

But I see change. I see growth. Personally, I’m working on getting vulnerable to make myself and Gennev an agent of change in improving health access for all women – and focusing special attention on Black women and women of color, who always bear an unequal share of the burden.

When women get vulnerable and share how they’ve pushed through it, I find that so healing. It makes my weaknesses normal; it makes me aware of them and something to grow from. It gives me hope to see how others have made it to the other side.

On Wednesday, I had the honor of interviewing Amy Schmidt, podcaster, author and CEO of FearlouslyFacingFifty. June 10th was the official launch of her new book Cannonball. If you want a dose of hope, buy her book. She graciously shares her journey coming into her 50th birthday, and the personal growth and struggles it took to get her there.

In the past week, I’ve found my hope by asking women of all backgrounds and skin colors how they’re doing. By reading books on anti-racism. By talking about the tough stuff with my team in our morning coffee talks. By listening to Amy share her story.

Growth takes hard work. But I’m finding hope in all the people around me who are diving in and taking it on — educating themselves, making room for others at the table, keeping quiet to let marginalized voices be heard. Helping to share the burden that’s too long been shouldered by Black people – Black women especially.

Here’s my challenge to you: seek out your hope. If that means reading books on the topic. If that means getting into nature. If that means marching in the streets and raising your voice (and wearing a mask). Whatever that means, I challenge you to seek it out.

We’re at our best when we have hope.

Jill Angelo

Co-Founder and CEO, Gennev