My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago. While the progression had been slow, the last few months have witnessed a rapid, disconcerting acceleration of the disease. Experiencing this with my mother has been a deeply emotional journey in more ways than one. Among other things, Alzheimer’s has robbed her of memories and independence. It’s turned family members into strangers, changed the familiar to foreign, and replaced feelings of security with perpetual fear. Needless to say, this experience has been extremely sad and frequently brings me to tears.(more…)
This article is part of a series of posts from National Life’s Women’s Inclusion Network. WIN is a concentration of bright and forward-thinking women (and men!) who collaborate on the leadership development, diversification, and empowerment of National Life’s female field affiliates and home office employees.
In January 2021, as Kamala Harris took the oath of office, another glass ceiling was shattered in our country’s history. As the first Woman, first Black American and first South Asian America to be Vice President of the United States, Kamala has lived empowered by the words her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan imparted on her as a young girl:
“Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.”
If we lean into a theme for Women’s History Month this year, perhaps we can take note from Gopalan’s imparted wisdom. As a collective of Servant Leaders, let’s challenge each other to continue the work to pave a way for progress and help foster a path for others to do the same.
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The end of the year can be a busy time. Holiday celebrations, spending time with loved ones, wrapping up work commitments and projects are all on the year end agenda. Here’s one more item you can add to the list—a year-end financial check in. And unlike holidays cookies and eggnog—you won’t feel bad about indulging in this the next morning. (more…)