Last week we asked, “are you a 21st century renaissance woman?” And this week I have some fascinating answers for you.
When we dipped into the subject of Da Vinci, I’d originally planned to talk about the Renaissance man. But then it occurred to me – “Hey, what about the ladies; what makes a Renaissance woman?”
Here’s the definition I came up with: A Renaissance woman is someone who is curious to life, the senses, and new potential – mastering and exploring the whole body-mind-spirit experience that includes the logical and the imagination. She is always curious, always learning and able to master both old and new skills.
And the funny thing is, so many of us are multi-talented and capable in different ways. When you really stop to think about it, I bet you are a Renaissance woman, and I bet you know many as well. Here are few ladies who dared to share what they’ve mastered.
Remember our incredible Canadian Olympic Synchronized swimmers? I do. They performed beautifully (and with so much creativity) while in London. Well Jo-Annie Fortin not only knows how to work in a team, be a top athlete, remain resilient, as she shared in our Sister Leadership interview – she’s also a perfectionist and studying sciences in school to become a future Sports Psychologist. That takes a lot of analytical skills.
Denise Amyot isn’t ‘just’ president and CEO of the Canadian Science and Technology Museum Corportation, who broke down why it’s essential to take risks as a leader (a great SL interview, if you want to click through) – she’s also strong in languages, sailing, and is really great with people as she networks around the world.
And what about the highly impressive Ruhksana Malik who shared her story of experience and becoming such a success in consulting, research and telecommunications? She has travelled to Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Pakistan, England, USA, and once drove from west-coast to east-coast California to Toronto. Also, she loves to help women organizations – particularly young girls – get an education.
Nicole Beudoin, President of the Quebec Business Women’s Network not only knows how to lead giant organizations like Via Rail – she’s a very proud mother and grandmother too. (She went to night school after having had her family to study accounting. From there her talent exploded)
And a new friend from the Sister Leadership Facebook page, Marxe Urteaga is an Organizational Development Specialist, a coach, a trainer, a jewellery maker, cook of Mexican foods, tarot card reader, social media advisor, helps immigrants integrate into their new lives and practises Mexican healing arts (curanderismo). She left a really interesting quote that I think is worth sharing here, and captures the Renaissance woman to a tee.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
-Robert A. Heinlein
Since we’re sharing, I’ll put myself out there too as a 21st Century Renaissance woman. I’m a business woman, top sales person and expert in marketing and communications. Also, I’m also an ICF Certified Executive Coach (Royal Roads University), storyteller, piano player, plus, I love to create and imagine – that’s my butterfly fluttering through space.
All this to say that we should be celebrating yourself not only for the accomplishments written on a resume – but for our rounded and exciting stories, hidden talents, daily purists. Women today (and women across time) are perfect examples of the balance between passions. That includes YOU too.
So, how are you a Renaissance woman? We’d love to hear your stories and experiences. Please share in the comments, or get in touch directly.
Till next time!
Camille Boivin is founder of Sister Leadership, bringing her knowledge of resilience, perseverance, and changing perception to others. Camille is currently accepting applications for the Women’s Executive Network Senior Executives Wisdom Peer Mentoring program. Applications to this exciting and knowledge-sharing program are available here.