Chances are, you inherited more than your great cheekbones and your wicked sense of humor from your mother. The values, encouragement and inspiration she passed along to you probably shine through in so many of your life choices today.
At Neora, we celebrate moms not just on Mother’s Day but throughout the year. Empowering women is part of our DNA, from our skincare solutions to our entrepreneurial opportunities that give mothers the ability to artfully balance a fulfilling career and successful parenting.
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Amber Olson Rourke has made it her life’s work to promote female leadership. It’s an integral component of our mission statement to Make People Better™.
Recipient of the Women Helping Women Gold Stevie award, Amber was also named Top Female Executive by ADDISON Magazine in 2015. She serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters International and is president of the Neora Ripple Foundation, which has donated more than $5 million to charitable causes.
One of Amber’s favorite quotes is “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” That’s a reminder that, just like our moms told us when we were little, we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. Lack of knowledge or talent isn’t what holds most of us back; it’s our failure to believe that we are powerful enough to make an impact.
So, what advice would Amber give other women who want to realize their potential?
Be in the moment – When you’re working, focus 100 percent on the business at hand. When you’re talking with your kids, be fully engaged with them and don’t be distracted by the next item facing you on your to-do list.
Avoid burnout – Schedule some “me” time for self-care. Put down your phone. Go for a walk. Explore your creativity.
Be respectful of other viewpoints – Encourage open communications. Welcome others’ ideas. Let the people in your life know that you appreciate them.
Take time to reflect – Meditation and yoga can work wonders to clear your mind and usher in new ideas.
Be grateful – Amber purposefully sets a positive tone for her day by writing down three things she’s grateful for every morning. And if she’s faced with a stressful situation or a critical meeting, she uses breathing techniques to calm her mind and focus on what she hopes to accomplish.
What are we grateful for at Neora? We’re grateful for all the wonderful people in our lives who have come together to share our mission to Make People Better.
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Amber Olson Rourke
Amber Olson Rourke is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Neora. Amber is responsible for all of Neora’s branding, creative services, communications, public relations, events, digital marketing and social media.