Paying It Forward
To honor American independence and July 4, CircleAround is collaborating all month long with NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners) in a series of posts exploring the following prompt: "What do liberty and independence mean to me as a woman business owner and female entrepreneur?"
I think back to 50 years ago, when a female could not apply for a business loan without a male cosigning the application. Or how females in other countries TODAY cannot have a business in their name, or if they do, the government has direct control over the day-to-day activities of the company. As a minority woman business owner specializing in new technology, I know that freedom is a luxury that I can not take for granted. Without freedom, I would not be able to:
- Create and run a business, regardless of my gender, religion, or ethnic background
- Build a company based on my mission statement and core values
- Have the opportunity to pursue what I am passionate about
- Hire the best candidate for a position regardless of gender, religion, or ethnic background
- Obtain funding without limitations based on my gender, religion, or ethnic background.
"As a woman and a minority business owner, I believe in paying it forward, especially to communities underrepresented in the executive business world."
With freedom comes significant responsibility. As a woman and a minority business owner, I believe in paying it forward, especially to communities underrepresented in the executive business world. I am involved with organizations that support women-owned businesses, that promote education, funding, and collaboration with young women entrepreneurs. I also volunteer with nonprofits that work with underprivileged communities, instructing and coaching in robotics and maker spaces, and encouraging teens to explore innovative technologies they may not have normally been exposed to.
As a woman business owner, I hold myself and my employees to a higher work standard and have a strong mission statement and core values. To me, freedom should always go hand in hand with gratitude. I feel a responsibility to use my experience and advantages to help create a business world that is more representative of the wonderfully diverse population we live in.
This post is part of a series produced by CircleAround and NAWBO. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States.
Lisa Brunet, 45, is the owner of DLZP Group, LLC, a Texas-based IT company that specializes in solving business problems of today and tomorrow utilizing new technology.