Authenticity: A Key to Leadership
Women's History Month
When you ask Margarita Maldonado, our Vice President for Bargaining, about the women who’ve inspired her in her leadership journey, she points to many, all of whom she calls “authentic to themselves.”
Coretta Scott King, wife of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was authentic because she fought for a more civil society while staying grounded as a mother and raising a family.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy as an activist is another inspiration for Maldonado. Roosevelt is remembered as being a vital part of the White House, both as a gracious First Lady and a relentless power broker. She held more than 300 press conferences, visited U. S. troops overseas during the war, and fought mightily against poverty, segregation and injustice. About authenticity, Roosevelt said, “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
Vice President Maldonado also finds inspiration in the commitment of the thousands of nameless women who are creating change in the social and economic landscape by being authentic and true to their core values.