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I'm Awesome!

Posted by Karen Edwards | December 21, 2016

Happy December, everyone!

By the time you read this, the holidays will be upon us and the year will nearly be at an end. Reviewing 2016, I am so pleased with what a great year it has been for our initiative. Twelve blogs, three webinars, one local roundtable and our first Össur Women's Leadership Conference have provided education and networking opportunities that we otherwise would not have. Which of our activities has been the most useful to you? What could we do more of, differently, less of to help more women reach leadership positions in our profession and to help our profession grow to meet the needs of women joining the field? You can tell us this and more in our very brief (and completely anonymous) ÖWLI 2016 survey! Click HERE to answer 15 questions and to provide your input. We SINCERELY value what you have to say and want to make this initiative as useful and relevant as possible to you. We will publish the results of the survey in our January blog.

Additionally, we are looking for nominations for women who are leaders within O&P whom we can feature in our "Profile of Women in O&P Leadership" blogs. Please email your nominee name, practice/school name and their contact info (email is fine) to us at And, because we want to reward your efforts, the first four people to send us a nomination(s) will receive a $15 Starbuck's gift card!


I'm Awesome!

As we close out the year, you are probably finding yourself buried in closing out the work year finishing all of those legs that have to be delivered before deductibles restart while also preparing for the holidays, attending kids' school concerts, shopping, wrapping along with all the normal everyday activities we have to do on normal days. We, as women, often take on the bulk of that burden because, let's face it, we are high-achieving, highly intelligent women with can-do-it-all attitudes! One thing I noticed we (okay, "I") don't always do, is stop and give ourselves some appreciation for everything we do and accomplish! I hope you will allow me to give you a gift this year – permission to tell yourself how awesome you are! I challenge each of you to look in the mirror (maybe in that precious five-minute "alone time" the bathroom allows) and to think of all you have accomplished this year and then to literally tell yourself what a great, amazing, awesome job you did and how absolutely fabulous you are.

And hey, while we're at it, let's not stop there. Join me in making a New Year's Resolution to stop daily and tell yourself what a fantastic leg you made, what a great job you did getting the kids to school on time, how you rocked that staff meeting where you spoke up with a new idea, how amazing your hair is today…you get the drift! Some days we may feel as if all we have to pat ourselves on the back for is for just making it through the day in one piece, and that's okay! Celebrate your successes small and large!

I recall someone telling me once that we should all stop saying "I'm sorry" because, when you stop and think about it, what are you actually HEARING when you say that? Your mind hears you say I am a "sorry" person and the mind believes what the mind hears. So, let's change that. You are NOT a sorry person. You are an amazing, smart, beautiful, funny, creative, caring person. And your mind needs to hear it. Give yourself permission to believe it and to appreciate yourself. Confirm that belief each day by telling yourself, or, as Elizabeth McCormick suggested at our Women's Leadership Conference, SING IT! (I personally like to sing it like Pat Benetar, but that's just me.) And, as belief in oneself is the root of confidence, watch your confidence in yourself and, subsequently, the confidence of others in you increase!

Who am I to tell you how amazing you are? I am actually very qualified because I have met you. I have met you at the Össur Women's Leadership Conference, at local ÖWLI events, via online comments on Facebook, via emails you have sent, and I am literally blown away by the professionalism, talent, and enthusiasm, and refreshing insight you bring to this profession. It is my honor to lead this initiative and Össur's privilege to fund it and support each of you.

We wish you each the happiest of holidays, and we can't wait to see what we all achieve in 2017!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  Reserve a spot on your schedule for the following upcoming ÖWLI events…

Mar. 10, 2017, 12-1pm EST:  ÖWLI Webinar Series: Contagious Confidence. Our ÖWLI Webinar Series for 2017 is privileged to present international speaker and author Monica Wofford who will kick off with our 2017 webinar series with her presentation of "Contagious Confidence." A lack of self-confidence can rob you of objectivity, good decision making, and quality work, making you spend more time worrying about what others think about your work than doing your work. The Contagious Confidence webinar will not only keep you from taking what others do personally, but it will give you proven techniques to keep from riding the downward spiral to doom and gloom, and build your own self-worth and self-respect. Monica is a leadership development expert who writes, speaks, trains, coaches and consults on how to become a better leader in life and work. She is the author of six books including Contagious Leadership and Make Difficult People Disappear.

Sept. 29-30, 2017 (TENTATIVE):  The second Össur Women's Leadership Conference. Dates and location to be confirmed. 

From all of us at Össur, happy, happy holidays!

Until 2017,

Karen Edwards
Director, Össur Women's Leadership Initiative

ÖWLI Quote of the Month:  "You're always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company."  -- Diane Von Furstenberg, Fashion Designer

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