I am in the business of empowering women. So, unless I totally suck at this endeavor, I should expect and embrace the days when the women in my inner circle spread their wings and fly away. Yes, I celebrate their successes, each and every one. Bravo!
But wait, this time it cuts too close! At the heart of this inner circle, there has been a team of two for too long to remember when it wasn’t just the two of us. So now after five years, Lisa Rouissi, my right arm and left brain, has accepted a new position at another company. Today is her last day as Community Manager of the WBII. I am genuinely happy for her! Seriously! You might not be convinced, but it is true, I am thrilled for her.
We haven’t announced this “secret good news” yet, there were reasons to wait, like our biggest event of the year on International Women’s Day last week; reasons which don’t seem as important at this moment. (Shared denial too, no doubt.)
So, this is the last day I wake up to a world that is in order, as it should be; Lisa at her desk, just across from mine. Although I’m not always in the office, there are certain things you come to count on in this world, if you know what I mean.
Lisa came to work at the wbii by chance, not through any brilliant recruitment or selection on my part. In time she blossomed and her unique talents emerged. Not only did she become a highly versatile and valuable employee, she also launched her own business Orange Buzz. Lisa’s story and my own have become intertwined in so many ways that her journey of personal and professional growth is one of my most profound achievements. Not to take credit, but in the sense that Lisa’s success is exactly in the spirit of and the very purpose for which I established the WBII. I am proud to have created an environment where Lisa thrived and her confidence soared and now it is time for her to move on to her next challenge. I am not alone in saying that I’ve learned a great deal from Lisa too! Loved and respected by many and taken for granted by some; Lisa will be missed by all!
Lisa finishes my sentences, reads my mind, anticipates what needs to be done, and is dedicated and loyal to the end! We work so closely together that
sometimes we speak our own unique language and wonder why the world can’t relate. How do you write a job description for all this and throw in website programming and strong attention to detail on top? There is no one person that could fill Lisa’s shoes, so we will move in a different direction to cover (duct tape) some of her duties at the wbii.
For now please join me in wishing Lisa all the good luck and good fortune she deserves in her new adventure at Blue Lynx and when you see me looking a little lost without my left brain, unable to fully function without my right arm and in general sad and lonely…hell yes I am! But I really am happy for Lisa, I swear! Please consider this blog post your “official announcement”.