Karl Wallenda was the founder of The Flying Wallendas, an internationally known daredevil circus act remembered for performing death-defying stunts, often without a safety net. When Karl fell to his death in 1978, his wife noted that his focus had changed that day from simply walking the tight rope to not falling. This subtle change in his attitude would cost him everything.
During that same year the women who formed CABLE decided to focus on walking across a metaphorical chasm with no safety net, spanning a past with little to no equality of professional opportunity for women to a future promising more true equity if we would continue to focus on walking and not on falling. Thirty-five years later, we celebrate their courage and vision and we are as committed as ever to seeing that vision realized. Some of these founders chatted with us about that experience recently.
Our predecessors fought for and earned the right we exercise today to choose our own path, what we do with our lives, how we live it and how we share it. I take inspiration from the Robert Frost poem, one of my favorites, to launch a new CABLE year of countless opportunities to continue walking my path with all of you. When I joined CABLE it was at a time when my path was diverging and I had to choose which direction to head. CABLE provided a support system and resources in making that choice possible, leaving a job and starting a business.
With your help, the Board and I will continue clearing paths for women and the opportunities they need to make choices about their own path and what success means for them. There is still work to be done so that your daughters and granddaughters may truly have equity. You and CABLE have a part in making that a reality.
The end of the poem is where I would like to begin this year as President of CABLE.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I ask you, how can you make a difference? I would love to hear from you about the difference you are making or would like to make in connecting women and opportunity.