Gwendolyn G. Shaw is a career financial representative and agency owner with COUNTRY Financial. Based in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, she offers insurance, retirement planning and investment solutions for Illinois and Indiana.
Shaw is the first African American female to become a career financial representative in the Midwest and celebrated 10 years this past March.
As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpowers to be?
One of my superpowers is confidence. I’ve always believed that if you are not confident and believe in yourself, no one else will. Another superpower is discernment. To have the ability to read people is a very credible and valuable ability. … I’ve been told … I’m charismatic and well-liked by many.
What key skills or qualities make you unique as an African American female leader?
My mind moves faster than the average person which allows me to process information quicker than most.
I can go from the West Side to South Side, to the north shore suburbs to rural areas … no matter where [I go] I can find a way to connect with the people there. People feel comfortable with me … sharing their secrets and sometimes their pain. So my ability to make people not only feel comfortable with me but also trust me is what sets me apart.
Why is it important for women of color to work in leadership roles and decision-making capacities?
Black women have a different experience in the workplace as opposed to our White female counterparts. Since our perspective is different, it’s important for us to be in the room and have a voice and not allow others to make decisions about us without truly knowing how it will affect us.
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