I was raised in a matriarchy.
My grandmother fled communist China to immigrate to Lima, Peru at the age of 18. A few days later, she would give birth to her first child in an entirely foreign country with a few dollars to her name. Sixty years later, my grandmother has created a legacy through raising seven successful children, contributing to the Chinese-Peruvian community, and creating entrepreneurial success late in life. My grandmother's resilience has interwoven itself through her children and grandchildren.
I look to her as an example of someone who has relentlessly pushed through the challenges of life. When things get tough, I remember my grandmother and how she had to create a new life for herself when she arrived in Peru.
This week, I'm reflecting on the tremendous impact the women in my life have had on me.
I'm writing to acknowledge my grandmother, my mother, my aunts, my sister, my partner, my mentors, and the women in my life who have been leaders, collaborators, and inspirations for me. Thank you for teaching me presence, patience and listening. For demonstrating to me what powerful leaders look like. For showing me how to persevere and overcome life's unexpected obstacles. For being powerful role models, business owners, community leaders, and creative minds. Thank you for challenging me to think bigger and grow into a better person.
This is a fan letter to all of you...