Lisa Marie Platske left her action-packed life as a Federal law enforcement officer after 9/11 to become the CEO of international leadership development company, Upside Thinking, Inc. An award-winning leadership expert, author of 6 books, certified master coach, and founder of Design Your Destiny Live, Lisa Marie delivers high-energy presentations using her seven (7) step leadership process centered on connection, positioning and executive presence.
Lisa Marie serves on the board of several philanthropic organizations and was recognized by The International Alliance of Women as one of the top 100 Women Making a Difference in the World.
In all honesty, I don’t like the phrase “Women Empowerment” as it denotes a separation between the abilities of men and women and expresses a feeling that women aren’t already powerful. While I recognize in today’s world there are still vast differences between the parity of men and women in terms of equality and opportunity, “women empowerment” has the ability to champion positive change or great division depending on how it is used.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been a champion for the underdog. Committed to mercy, justice and protection, I’ve taken a stand countless times for what is right vs what is popular. My desire was not about inspiration or being inspirational, rather to make a positive difference in the world for all who are called to a bigger mission or purpose.
Defined as “to make stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights” empowerment is about giving someone permission to increase their own freedom to make the best choices for their life. The qualities of determination, resilience, and choice govern the ability to move in the direction of ones choosing.
Advocates can best facilitate empowerment by choosing to give voice to voiceless. In essence, this means speaking up in situations where it may not be comfortable. It also means sharing your access and influence to open doors that would otherwise be closed.
Life is filled with countless ups and downs. Some people experience devastating, even traumatic, experiences and still manage to move forward. When you are clear about what you want and why, it’s easier to find the courage to continue to move forward. When my foundation has been shaken and I’ve wanted to give up, I return to my mission and calling and remember the people I am called to serve. If I still feel stuck, I ask for help from one of my advisors, the people who champion my work. It is important to master the art of connection so you can create a circle of support. It is equally important to clearly answer the questions of what you want and why it matters