women in the the world summitThis past weekend I got an unexpected e-mail from an unexpected source – my contact at Coca-Cola, the woman who helped make the leadership conference I went to last summer so amazing, wanted to know if I could attend the Women in The World Summit in NYC.

There are not many moments in life when you get an e-mail that essentially says, “Hey – do you want to go listen to Meryl Streep, Madeleine Albright, Angelina Jolie, Tina Brown, Barbara Walters, Christiane Amanpour, and all of these other super inspiring women?”

Yes. Yes I do! (disclosure: I am going as a guest of Coca-Cola)

The Women in the World Summit was created by Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek. The objective was to create an environment for women to gather and focus on “solutions to the challenges facing women and girls, from sex trafficking to the need for more women in the boardroom.”

I am guessing you guys have felt the shift on my blog. Being on the other side of so many horrible things: fighting infertility, watching Alzheimer’s steal my Grandmother, becoming homeless, needing to lean on public assistance, feeling like I would never have a career ever again is a difficult reality to convey. Those things are behind me. It is like stepping out of the darkest and coldest shadow.

Something chemical happens to a person when you survive. It’s like Gloria Gaynor has put you on roller skates and you wheel rapidly towards everything else that life throws at you. BRING IT.

There is also a new reflex that happens. You know how we all instinctively reach our arm out to protect the passenger of our car when we hit the brakes hard? The survivor reflex dictates that you reach out to lift up those that are in the trenches. You can’t help it. YOU MUST. You hear the world differently. You see the people near you differently. Who needs something? Who can YOU help?

I get goose bumps when I think about the energy of so many women gathered this weekend to focus on causes that are huge. Causes that make me gasp in horror – oh there are so many people who need our help.

I am a woman in the world. One woman. But I have a voice and when I join with other women we are stronger, louder, and we get stuff done.

Happy International Women’s Day, my dears. I celebrate YOU.

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