By Liz Traison, Tirtzah
Sometimes, when I think of myself as an entrepreneur, I picture Crazy Old Maurice from the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. If you remember, he has big hair and even bigger ideas – not too unlike myself. Though it’s been years since I’ve watched the movie, the things that stand out to me are that he was an inventor, a dreamer, and that he had to fight an uphill battle to get people to take him seriously.
As a young professional, it’s easy to feel the same way. Our ideas and dreams can get lost amid the bureaucracy and “the way things are done”. As a young entrepreneur, the stakes are almost higher; the dreams are bigger, loftier, and the willingness of our communities to necessarily take us seriously can be mountainous because we’re young, because we’re inexperienced, because we don’t know how. These are the shadowy clouds that loom over us, but, if we’re willing to ride out the dip, and not let anyone keep us from dreaming big, the reward can be so much greater.
By Sarah Jacobs, Girls Are People Too
Two months ago, I walked into a room of people buzzing with chatter and exploding with ideas. I was nervous, excited, and mostly intimidated. I didn’t know how to answer the questions that I was being asked. I didn’t know who was there to interview me and who else was being interviewed or if the person sitting next to me had a ‘better’ idea than I had.
I felt completely out of my league- Why was I sitting in this room with established entrepreneurs and future success stories when all I had was an idea?
I’d like to say I realized it then and there, but it’s a taken a few weeks to realize that I am a PresenTense fellow because I believe in creating social change. Each seminar, meeting, and milestone so far has taught me that it’s my passion, my idea, and my venture that will create a difference in society. Each passing week has also revealed that each fellow is at a different point in pursuing social change- some are able to talk about their ventures flawlessly, and some are still working their venture out.
By Adena Blickstein, Jewish Women's Talent Agency
There is nothing more precious than the Jewish woman.
We have so much to say. We have so many faces, feel so many things, experience through our souls and see the world deeply. We are responsible for the values of our families and are the gatekeeper, the port of entry, to what can enter and to what is not allowed. We are the soft, protective, skin to our family’s bodies, bodies that grow minute by minute, day by day, and year by year. We build and maintain those bodies. They are the fruit of our labor. We are responsible for identifying illness and providing nutrition. We protect, nurture and guide. We are firm and strong willed. We are sensual. We are the core of existence. Life begins in us. We struggle, we cry, we give, we inspire, we hurt, we speak, we emanate peace.
I began Professional Women’s Theater in 2006 with this concept in mind although not fully articulated.
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