Morghan Fortier

HOW DID YOU IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION AND THE WORK THAT SATISFIED YOU VERSUS WORK THAT JUST PAID THE BILLS?

My father owned an animation studio. I was incredibly fortunate to grow up in this industry and have some phenomenal female role models to look up to.  When I found myself in University, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I gravitated back to this industry because it was home. It hasn’t been easy, and I never wanted to ride on the coat tails of my father’s successes and reputation, but I knew I could, eventually, carve out my own place and role in this industry and its community.

WHO WILL ETERNALLY BE A WOMAN YOU ADMIRE AND RESPECT, AND WHY?

I have been incredibly fortunate to have women in my life who inspire me, every day.  It’s near impossible to pick one person. But if I had to pick one, I think it’s only fair that I go back to the very first role model I ever had: Stockard Channing as Rizzo from the movie Grease.  I saw that movie at just the right age when I had gained a bit of self-awareness, and I decided right then and there that she was FABULOUS! She was strong, and took charge and didn’t stand for BS, but yet she allowed herself to be vulnerable.  Now, I could never do Stockard Channing justice, but let’s just say that I carry a piece of Rizzo in my heart to this day.

IN LIGHT OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR HASHTAG #WHYITRIBE, WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO WE ALREADY ARE TODAY?

I’ve learned a lot of things along the way, and continue to learn things every day.  One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that it’s your team, your people, your tribe, who will help you through anything, and help you keep track of yourself and who you are.

It is impossible to do everything on your own. It’s that support team that is going to guide you through it all.   They want to see you succeed.

If you can find that team, that tribe, who also “gets you” – who has an understanding and perspective of what you are experiencing, that’s pretty precious.

NAME A TIME RECENTLY WHEN YOU SAID SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF/HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?

I’ve recently gained a new job title as CEO at Skyship.  In the beginning, when I would introduce myself in business situations, I subconsciously laced that introduction as CEO with this weird apology.   This unspoken “Hi I’m Morghan, sorry I’m a CEO”.

I was at a conference a few weeks ago, introducing myself to a meeting.  For the first time I said “CEO” without that underlying “sorry”. I didn’t do it consciously, but I think I just finally owned it.  It was empowering. I think sometimes you feel guilty if there’s a moment you get to feel proud of yourself in that way. It’s a rare moment when you can give yourself permission to feel that way.

WHY DO YOU THINK WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM CELEBRATING OR PRAISING THEMSELVES SO MUCH?

I know for myself I was raised that speaking of your successes, and celebrating your accomplishments was seen as bragging.  It was “rude” and “impolite”. No one likes a “bragger”…

It takes a bit of rewiring to see that’s not necessarily the case.

I don’t know if I really celebrate or praise myself now… the times when I have done it, it still feels weird and forced.  But, I do feel much more confident to speak about who I am, my career, my accomplishments.  It’s not so much about praising myself, as it is more recognizing what I’ve accomplished in my life, who I am today and being thankful and appreciative of that.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?

That’s a very good question, and the honest truth is, I don’t usually.  The times that I have, I will purposely say “thank you” and try not to qualify it.  

HOW DOES SOCIETY REINFORCE THE IDEA THAT WE, AS WOMEN, ARE NOT ENOUGH AND HOW CAN WE TAKE THAT POWER BACK?

In the earlier days of my career I suffered through this type of treatment. I’m afraid to say it was almost always perpetuated by other women.  It was often done through rumour and gossip, through lies and manipulation. Tactics that are incredibly difficult to fight against when you are so fearful of what you might stand to lose your [job, livelihood, career].

I continue to see this behaviour on various social media platforms, where it’s so much easier to criticize and scrutinize, to rumour and gossip because it’s faceless.  

So in my personal, humble opinion, it starts with us.  It starts with us genuinely supporting each other and not accepting that type of behaviour and rhetoric in others.  It starts with us believing we each of us are enough, that we aren’t fodder for public opinion and criticism.

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?

A collective of people sharing their unique stories with the intention that we can all learn and grow from each other.  How can that not be important?

Occupation: Co-Owner and CEO of Skyship Entertainment Company, Co-Owner and Executive Producer of Tinman Creative Studios

Website: www.morghanfortier.com

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