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Kathrine Switzer and the Boston Marathon: A Lesson in Empowerment

What can Kathrine Switzer teach us about empowerment?

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group.

This week was the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Boston is unlike any other marathon; the course, the crowds, and its history make it unique.

This year was especially significant– it was the 50th anniversary of the first woman to finish the race as an official entrant. In 1967, Kathrine Switzer entered the race using her initials K.V. Despite being tackled and nearly forced from the course in the first two miles, she finished the race and made history.

Thanks to Kathrine’s brave accomplishment, women have officially entered and competed in Boston since 1976. On this anniversary, Kathrine was interviewed about women’s running and said,

“They’re running because they’re empowered. They’re running because their lives have been changed so positively by the sense of accomplishment and self-esteem they have gained from running.”

Whether we’re runners or not, Kathrine is an inspiration for all of us. Her words resonate: empowerment, accomplishment and self-esteem. Think about your personal or professional life. How are you empowered? How do you empower your employees? As a leader, how do you enable others to succeed and buoy self-esteem?

Kathrine had a coach who challenged her, she trained for the moment, and she believed in herself. At The Latimer Group, we seek to empower our clients every day. We help them increase confidence and reach their goals through improved communication. Whether you’re striving to achieve an athletic accomplishment or a professional one, think of Kathrine Switzer. Her determination and courage are reminders of how we can find success in the most unlikely of places.

At The Latimer Group, our individual Coaching services are highly customized and designed to help you achieve your specific goals. Typical engagements focus on developing skill sets in Leadership Communications, Public Speaking, and Executive-Level Business Presentations. To learn more, e-mail us at info@TheLatimerGroup.com

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United Airlines: Every Day is a Job Interview

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Authenticity, Confidence, and Executive Presence

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Remember the Lessons We Teach Our Kids

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