We LOVE women who make a calling out of supporting other women. Tessa Hoskin is that kinda lady. This week, we chatted with her about feminism’s branding, women in leadership, and where she gets her own inspiration from.
Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
Contessa “Tessa” Hoskin: Engineer, Business Woman, Entrepreneur, soon to be published author, Leader, Motivator, fitness focused. I am a Sr. Business Consultant leading enterprise business and functional improvement & financial initiatives for a Fortune 500 company. I have a background in commercial and defense businesses where I have led and managed P&L, Programs, M&A, Strategy, Integration, Continuous Improvement( functional & business), product lines, and winning new business. I “engineer” financial value for the organization.
How do you define feminism and how does that play a part in the work you do?
Feminism has received a poor branding over the years, especially by those who do not believe women should be considered equal in every way. I focus more on the empowerment of women via society, within themselves, corporate workplace, STEM, and more. Given I have always been immersed in a predominately male field and industries, I encourage women to be a good support system for each other and not believe they have to compete for a “single” slot. There can be more than one woman, including in the C-Suite. This encompasses mentoring, sponsoring, and championing each other in ideas, ventures, and in the work place. The other area to which I encourage women is not to believe in the “super woman” brand that most women believe they have to live up to. My motto is “I never claimed to be super woman, but I am wonder woman.” There is a difference. It is being the brand of excellence.
Your career has been focused on leadership- how do you empower women and girls to take on leadership roles?
I encourage women to not be afraid of taking on roles or the hard jobs to challenge themselves as leaders. The power is in the influence of a leader, not the dictation. In mentoring others, I help them make the connections for opportunities in various arenas to where they are in a position to lead. The art of leadership is “influence without authority”. Leaders inspire and draw others to believe. I challenge them to publicly speak, execute presentations, and put them in situations to which they have to rely on the soft skills to win others over and influence the ones with authority to make the decision.
Where do you get your inspiration and empowerment from?
I get my inspiration and empowerment from other inspirational women and men. My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. I am inspired by my mentees, mentors, and peers. I have always been self motivated and felt empowered from within; however, when I see others achieving with the character of inspirational leadership, it challenges me to be better. The “Alpha” women and men inspire me the most.
How can our readers follow and support your work?
I can be followed through a motivational/inspirational company (that also has gear for purchase): Facebook.com/IAMBETTERTHAN.NET twitter: @iambetterthan13 and same for Instagram– I’ll be launching the STEM page soon.
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