Thursday, October 30, 2008
|For the past five years, I have attended the Orange County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), OC Remarkable Women luncheon, a highly anticipated event to recognize four outstanding Orange County businesswomen who have gone above and beyond to make their business a success. Being a strong advocate for women entrepreneurs and executives, I personally feel it is important to support women who are making tremendous strides in the business community. In previous years, I have brought my young daughter on stage as the youthful analogy of the progress women have made in business and the opportunities that are available to her in the future. This year my thoughts and heart were focused on memories of my past with the recent loss of the most remarkable woman in my life – my mother.
As I reflect back on the profound imprint she has made in defining who I am, I realize the Christian values she instilled in our family. I recognize the hard work and dedication she gave back to the local community and those in need. She was a driving force behind my father, Ken Walker, and his successful tenure with Farmers & Merchants Bank. Her unwavering love and support enabled my father to soar in his career and build a financial foundation to provide for our family. They were a team walked through life together. Through her I have witnessed the true essence of a woman that embodies strength, commitment and courage.
It is now that I am reminded of the true meaning of success. It is not measured by financial gain but the investment I make in my family and those around me. My mother’s wisdom and influence have made a profound impact on me and help me recognize the key to fulfillment and contentment is to lead a balanced life.