Here at the White House, we place a strong emphasis on the needs of women. Since its creation in 2009, the Council on Women and Girls has been advocating for the needs of women, giving them a strong voice within the administration. This council has helped to create policy and initiate programs that empower women by granting them the tools that they need to lead successful lives. However, despite the amazing work this group does, in order to achieve success outside of the White House, advocacy must continue within individual communities. Alexia Vernon is one strong woman helping women to achieve their goals.
This week’s edition of “Women Working to Do Good” sheds light on Vernon, a former beauty queen turned author and motivational speaker, who uses her talents to inspire women to aim higher.
Out of college, Alexia started working as a traditional employee. She, like many of us in our 20s, walked into our jobs and wondered why we weren’t being recognized for our hard work. Alexia had the normal, “What am I doing with my life?” question, but she turned it around and made it “Who do I want to be?” She wanted to take control of her life and be the captain of her own ship. Alexia also wanted to work with women developing their communication and leadership skills as they were entering the workplace.
At the end of June, Alexia will host a weekend long retreat that offers hands-on training for important work-place skills like negotiation and pitching ideas. She hope that this conference will provide a source of confidence and knowledge that will allow women to approach the workplace with excitement and pride.
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Ronnie Cho is an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.