Last month, I had the chance to attend the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Boca Raton, Florida. This is an inspiring four-day event for executive women of color, where we could connect, develop our careers, and learn from each others' insights. It was an experience that gave me much to reflect on.
Listening to Lisa Jackson
I had the honor to attend a session led by former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2008 and spent four years serving in her public sector position with a focus on service and change while her passion, as I saw it, was fueled by fortitude and humility.
Her talk touched on the intense political heat she endured during her tenure. While she ended up resigning from her position, she has since become Vice President of Environmental Initiatives at Apple. She shared with us how she overcame those struggles and how professionals can apply the same determination and tenacity to get through tough times in their careers.
Breakfast with champion Venus Williams
One morning of the conference, I was able to attend Venus Williams’ talk about social change, family values, and how losing can sometimes be a good thing. I found her words truly intriguing.
Venus touched on the importance of social change and our youth. Her words articulated for me that women of color who have achieved world-class status have an enormous opportunity to help others if they embrace their role and power to do so. It’s all about vision and passion as well as discipline.
Mingling with some of the greats
I also had the privilege to meet Myrlie Evers-Williams, the wife of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, as well as the great actress Cicely Tyson. Both of them received awards for their lifelong commitments contributing to our society. We were encouraged to embrace our power—and to know that the moment is now. As I was an award recipient last year, I was reborn in commitment and creativity!
Participating in the 9th annual Black Enterprise Women of Power conference was both uplifting and inspiring. Venus Williams’ session caused to me reflect on self-analysis and achieving one's fullest potential—I came away pondering how I can make sure the DC studio is doing that for our clients. How can we assure that our design solutions meet the needs of our uses but also attain the highest potential with our clients in terms of brand, strategy and reach?
Altogether, the conference made me feel empowered to ask new questions and approach my work with new energy. How can we serve our federal clients in original and innovative thinking as the DC studio with a focus on federal? How can we leverage what has been our history and make it our present?
That is what Deloitte Digital is all about, and as Creative Director for the DC Studio focused on government clients, I am dedicated to the needs of our country as it all relates to reaching citizens through digital media.
Maureen Carter is Creative Director of Deloitte Digital's DC Studio, Deloitte Consulting LLP. In addition to her work there, she also has over 14 years experience as an adjunct professor teaching design theory.