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HCI Webinar: Resilience Building and Women’s Empowerment, with Katie Mares

In the latest HCI Webinar, Dr. Jonathan H. Westover talks with Katie Mares about resilience building and women’s empowerment. Below is a summary of the main points from their conversation! Check out the full episode and let us know what you think!


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Quick Recap


Jonathan and Katie discussed the themes of resilience building and women's empowerment, with Katie sharing her experiences and expertise in these areas. They emphasized the importance of choice, resilience, and community in shaping one's life, and the need for individuals to allow for support from loved ones. Lastly, they discussed the role of sponsorship in helping women build resilience and achieve their goals, and encouraged the audience to connect with Katie and learn from her.


Resilience Building and Women's Empowerment Discussion


Jonathan and Katie discussed the topics of resilience building and women's empowerment. Jonathan, based in Utah, introduced katie, a brand experience expert from Toronto, who shared her background and experience. katie highlighted her expertise in customer experience, resilience building, and women's empowerment, and her previous role as a chief inspiration officer. The conversation was set to be an organic dialogue, with Jonathan encouraging Katie to share her insights and experiences.


Choices, Resilience, and Mental Health


Katie and Jonathan discussed the role of choice in shaping one's life and the world around them. They emphasized the importance of resilience and making choices that prioritize others, and how finding purpose in one's choices can lead to positive outcomes. They also discussed the concept of resilience building and the need to celebrate and acknowledge every small victory. In the context of mental health challenges, Katie advised that the first step towards helping someone is to encourage them to take those first steps towards showing up in the moment they find themselves in.


Overcoming Hardships and Resilience Strategies


Jonathan sought advice on how to overcome initial hardships, drawing inspiration from Katie's experiences. Katie shared her story of resilience and survival after being in an abusive relationship, which left her homeless and struggling to make ends meet. She advised Jonathan to allow others to help him when he needed it and to celebrate even the smallest achievements in his recovery process. Katie also highlighted the importance of therapy in addressing mental health issues, although she acknowledged that not everyone has access to it.


Embracing Vulnerability and Overcoming Challenges


Katie emphasized the importance of building a community and being open to feedback in order to overcome personal challenges. She shared her own experience of how being vulnerable and accepting help from loved ones was a turning point in her life. She also highlighted the danger of a victim mindset and the need to take responsibility for one's own actions. Jonathan agreed with her points and further discussed the societal pressure towards self-sufficiency and the potential negative effects of this mindset. Both stressed the need for individuals to allow for support from their loved ones.


Advocacy, Sponsorship, and Resilience for Women


Jonathan expressed his desire to be an advocate and ally for women. Katie emphasized the importance of sponsorship and opening doors for women to help them build resilience and achieve their goals. She pointed out that many women operate with a scarcity mindset and need the support of others to succeed. Katie urged both men and women to adopt a sponsorship mindset, promoting and sponsoring individuals to step into their power.


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