We are so very excited to have some wonderful women join us as members of the YWCA Board of Directors! We plan to take a few Monday’s in the next month or so to introduce them to you! Next up is Ms. Angela Payne-Cox!
Angela is joining us starting this Board term, and we are so glad to have her. Ms. Payne-Cox workes for the Community Access Network here in Lynchburg, and we know she will be a great asset to our Board and furthering our mission!
We asked each of the new members a set of questions, and here are Angela’s answers!
What does the YWCA mean to you?
To me, the YWCA is a powerful united force; which empowers women from all walks of life, young women and girls, by conquering limitations through positive self-worth, education, self-sufficiency, economic development, social justice, leadership, and community. I believe that an informed woman is a powerful woman. Who then has the ability to empower another woman.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I am motivated to give back to my community and because of the values which were instilled in me by my parents. I was taught at a very young age that “to whom much is given, much is required.” I truly believe that “God has blessed me tremendously, in order to be a blessing to others through service.”
How you do empower women and/or promote diversity in your own life?
I try very hard to promote diversity in my life by stepping out of my box and allowing myself to move past my comfort zone. I try to be “intentional with others” by respecting their culture, and belief system. We may disagree on in some areas. However, above all of our differences that we may have- I do owe you respect. I truly believe that “all human beings have a deep desire to be loved, listened to, valued and treated with dignity for who they are, and for what they have to share with others.
What song is your favorite empowerment jam!
My empowerment jam that gets me up and moving is I’m Every Woman” by Whitney Houston
What book has meant the most to you in your life?
Actually, there has been 4 books which have meant so much to me during my journey thus far :1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou -During my preteens2. Acts of Faith Meditation for People of Color by IyanlaVanzant -During my late twenties3. In the Mean Time by Iyanla Vanzant- During my thirties4. The Holy Bible-From my mid- thirties until now……………One of my favorite quotes concerning life:“Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over what you put into it.”-Maya Angelou