Women in power pave the way for more women and provide great leadership models for the younger generations. These women have battled the “glass ceiling” and surpassed many of society’s expectations. Talking to these women gives motivation and insight on how to succeed.
I talked to Freda Lyon, the VP of Emergency Services at WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia. She was able to push past society’s stereotypes of a teen mother, as she got pregnant and married in high school. By breaking through people’s judgement, Freda was able to show not only her family and friends, but also her children, her dedication and power. She showed everyone the power of hard work and the ability to accomplish anything you put your mind too.
Starting off her career as a nurse, Freda began working her way to the top. Outspoken, she called out the flaws in the system and fought to fix them. She told me all she wanted to do was help people. Being an ER nurse, she was able to help people at their bedside and help them directly. Soon she realized that ” If I’m the director of an emergency department that sees 60,000 patients, then I’ve impacted 60,000 lives. And if I have a staff of a hundred, I’ve impacted all hundred of those lives.” She never lost her passion to help people. And staying true to your passion is the way to succeed.
The CEO of WellStar is a woman, many of the VP and SVP’s are women. The leadership of WellStar is full of women, including Freda Lyon. The company has soared in terms of success because of it inclusivity and diversity. Freda believes that differences make us better. Different ideas that cause tension is the only way to initiate change. And Freda makes it clear that the color of your skin, your gender, or you sexual preference doesn’t matter as long as you’re there to make a difference.
So thank you to Freda for providing girls everywhere with an amazing role model. She balances motherhood and her career without sacrificing either. She is compassionate, funny, and kind. She shows us that anything is possible with passion and hard work.