I’m Daisy Wright, Founder & CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) of the Let’s GROW Project. You might not know me, or if you do, you may know me as a career coach or as an author. BUT, I am much more than that.
I am on a mission to connect with 2,016 women from around the world in 2016, and impact their lives for the better – one woman at a time! Huge mission, but it will happen, even if it goes beyond 2016.
Before I begin my story, let me answer a question that women ask me from time-to-time. “How do you measure success?” My answer is always the same: “Success means different things to different people.” Therefore, if I am:
- loving the work that I do
- giving my very best to those I interact with, and
- growing intellectually and spiritually, and
If I can honestly say “Yes” to the above…
…then, I am successful! How do you measure success? Is it by how money you have in the bank? The size of your house or the make of your car? Or, the size of your heart! Think about it…
With that, permit me to tell you my story. It might be a long read, and if it is, skip it, but I think you will get a better understanding of my 2016 mission. I was born and raised in Jamaica.
Many years ago, I was visiting the Canadian Consulate with my friend when she told me that Canada was looking for skilled people like my husband and me. I made some enquiries immediately and was given a one-page questionnaire. The adventurer in me immediately filled out the questionnaire, went home and told my husband that we were moving to Canada. My everything-has-to-be-planned husband wasn’t that thrilled.
Three months later we received a formal application from the Canadian Consulate, which we put aside. Another few months passed when I stumbled on the application and I said to my husband, “Let us try this and see where it takes us.”Fast forward, because in less than eight months we had had our permanent Visas.
Our path to Canada took us through New York City. Since I knew we were going to be there for a short time, I decided to look for short-term employment. This led me to UNIFEM (now known as UN Women), a division of the United Nations. That was an experience of a lifetime! Not only was it an opportunity to live, work and learn in a multicultural setting, but also to meet people from parts of the world I had only heard about. I loved my job and the camaraderie among coworkers.
As field staff would return from various missions in developing countries and I would read their reports, I was humbled by the stories. I quickly learned that certain things I took for granted this side of the world, other women longed for: basic amenities, education, clean water, food, clothing and shelter. Some women were struggling to start businesses and didn’t have the means. Others gave up food so their children could eat.
While I would consider complaining if hot water didn’t come out of my faucet, there were communities of women need funds to dig wells so they could get clean water. Since then, I have made women and self-reliance a central part of the work I do. While my work is mostly under the radar, trying to make a difference one small effort at a time, with one woman at a time, I want to play a small role in seeing women strive and achieve their full potential. After all, it’s my personal dream too. Every human being we help is an infinite victory.
After moving to Canada, I worked in corporate for a few years, but after a while got stuck in a career rut. With no promotions on the horizon, I became itchy about my next career move. There were times when I became sorry for myself. I would throw a ‘poor me’ pity party where I was the lone attendant, and ask myself, “What’s stopping you girl?” This party didn’t get me far, so I would snap out of it after a while knowing deep down that I was capable of so much more.
With the help of a career coach, I devised a plan that changed my career direction. I started a part time business while working. With an administrative and public relations background, and a gift for writing, I started out writing resumes. Soon after, I applied to teach at our local college, and both initiatives took wings. A few career moves later, and still operating my business part time, I completed a post graduate program in career development. I had found my life’s purpose! Soon after graduation, I launched The Wright Career Solution, a full service career coaching company.
None of this was easy, primarily as I was juggling full time work with a part time business, but I carried on. I have since written two books, earned several coaching and resume writing certifications, and spoken to thousands of people from all walks of life, always encouraging them to carry on and to never give up on their dreams. I am a speaker, a builder-upper, confidence-booster, and CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) inspiring individuals to focus on where they want to go, not where they are. My aim is to Lead, Serve and Empower!
I enjoy giving back and you will find me supporting many causes – Kiva.org, a variety of cancer organizations, and several community groups. This year, 2016, I want to contribute to a wider community, and women in particular. For years, I have formally and informally mentored and coached women; volunteered for roles where I serve others, and support organizations that empower women. In fact, one of my mentoring roles was with The Mentoring Partnership, an organization that helps internationally-educated immigrants understand and integrate into the Canadian work environment.
My 2010 Project
In 2010, one of my goals was to coach 10 women over 10 weeks at $10 per week. This was to take the women through a simple program to help them focus on something they wanted to achieve over the 10 weeks and beyond. At the end of the 10 weeks, 7 women had followed through. They were armed with new skills to continue on their respective journeys. Two of these women ended up with new jobs.
In 2011, I was nominated for a Zonta Women of Achievement Award. I also received a 2011 Alumni of Distinction Award from Conestoga College. In late 2013-2014, while working on my second book – Tell Stories, Get Hired, I also introduced a 6-week program at my Church based on Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan, which focuses on Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. Twenty-three (23) women participated in the program for the six weeks. Due to the program’s success, it was repeated on a monthly basis for the remainder of the year.
As 2015 was coming to an end, I began to ponder on what ambitious goal I should set (outside of my personal and business goals), that would enable me to serve a group of women who are under-served. Those who might not have the means to experience coaching. The idea of the Let’s GROW Project came to mind. If I could reach out and touch 2,016 women in one small way or the other, and through that one connection, make a difference in that person’s life, I would’ve achieved my goal. This is, by far, the most ambitious goal I have set, but I am determined to create a GROW community, one woman at a time. Follow along with me and see where it takes us. Whoever you are, and wherever you are, if you are ready, let’s GROW!
It is Time to GROW
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