Interview with Shannon Cercone, Public Affairs Coordinator, GEICO
What is your passion?
My passion is giving back and encouraging others to do the same. We live in such a busy world where we often take for granted the things we have. I think it is important to take a step back often to evaluate the things around you and question yourself on how you can help others achieve greatness.
Why is it important for young girls to develop leadership skills?
When you develop leadership skills, it often begins with acceptance and happiness within yourself. Once you have achieved that, you can lead others with passion and purpose. This not only makes you feel good but also encourages you to reflect frequently and continue self-work. I think it is important for girls to develop leadership skills because I think women leaders are our future, and they also can help with mental health.
What 3 women do you admire most personally and professionally?
- My mother, despite the many challenges life has given her, always persevered and did her best for her family.
- Malala Yousafzai because she is a fearless activist who endured such a traumatic experience and turned it into an amazing foundation to help other girls.
- Dr. Rebecca Thomley because in both her role as a CEO of a woman-owned business and a founder of a non-profit, she focuses on promoting volunteerism, offers paid time to do so, and volunteers alongside her employees.
Why do you believe this year’s Women’s History Month theme: “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is important?
During this pandemic, women have been affected in many ways, whether at home or professionally. The amount of women left unemployed due to the pandemic is much higher than men. This year, the number of men returning to work will likely be back to pre-pandemic levels, while the number of women returning is projected to be 13 million less than in 2019. This can create stress, whether it be mental, emotional, or financial. Now, more than ever, it is important for us as women to stand in solidarity to encourage one another, share hope and provide healing when it is needed most.
Throughout March, GSWNY will be highlighting more local women making HERstory in the community. Celebrate Women’s History Month with us by sharing the stories of these incredible women who help make the world a better place!