I am at the gym doing what I always do after exercising – drying my hair, getting ready for the day, thinking about the mocha (and the calories) I am not going to have.
Looking in the mirror, beyond myself, I pause to take in what I see.
To my right is the principal of a local high school and to my left, a fourth grade teacher. Into the locker room walks a local triathalete and over there is a mother of two.
There is a middle school nurse digging in her gym bag, an auto parts service manager recording her calories and a college student, a volleyball player, a medical office scheduler, and a trainer from the orthopedic sports center moving about.
They are employed, unemployed and retired. They are in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond, each with a different reason for being there that morning. They are leaders in their families, their organizations and in their lives.
They are you, me and they are us. They are women, each with a story of their own. They offer words of support, motivation, laughter and a swift kick in the pants. At 5am on a dark winter morning, they offer community.
So girls, tell me. If I was looking into the mirror of the Women of HR, who would I see?