Esther Deutsch

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

Trial and error. Ever since moving to NYC on my own at the age of 16, I threw myself into all the beautiful opportunities that exist in NYC. After working in 5+ industries by the time I was 21, I realized that the environment I would be happiest in would be one in which I was challenged constantly but also supported and valued and working alongside people whom I deeply respect and constantly learn from.

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

My older sister, Devorah. She inspires me to be the best person I can be and is a role model for what an accomplished, educated, loving mom should be! Her support is what gets me through life and the way she treats every human being she meets endears her to all and makes her my biggest aspiration.

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

People can make you think you need to be someone else.   Life is short and if we’re always looking toward who we can be, we’ll miss out on appreciating who we already are. When I was 19, I lost my hair due to an auto-immune condition known as Alopecia. This experience made me realize that we never know how long we will have to enjoy our many blessings and that this is why we must celebrate who we are today and everyday. As a woman, hiding our brilliance is just not in our DNA. I think it’s so important for every woman to take a good look at herself, see what she’s best at, and develop that. Celebrating ourselves will enable us to forge ahead no matter what and today, more than ever, we need fearless women to come forward and own their light.

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

I told my ex (boyfriend) that I am too deep for him before we broke up, and I felt like noone could ever stop me. In that moment, I felt so proud of the depth I have as well as the other qualities I love about me, and the strong, fierce, woman inside of me – glowed brilliantly.

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

Fear. I think woman are afraid that acknowledging their true worth will be frowned upon or make them feel pressured to live up to it. My experiences, however, have led me to believe quite the opposite; that recognizing my worth gives me the confidence and motivation to continue to achieve and inspire and help others to achieve.

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

I just think about what it took to get me to the place I’m at now, the obstacles I’ve overcome such as bullying, alopecia, getting healthy, etc. and then I feel nothing but pride and happiness and it is easier to take a step back, pat myself on the back and say, I am worthy of this moment.

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

Being a social worker employed in a male-dominated industry  in corporate America, I can speak to many times when I am not acknowledged by a man at a meeting or otherwise, simply because I am a woman. This world can give you the illusion that who you are is not enough. The greatest lie someone can tell you is that to be anything more or less than you were born to be is a good thing. The way that I choose to take my power back is by making sure that I chose to be different and act differently and that one day, I educate my boy(s) to do the same.

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?

The Tribe movement isn’t just important; it’s neccessary. Too many woman hide behind who they are or live in fear of expressing who they want to be and it’s time we stop waiting for permission and come forward by stepping into who we are. People were created beautiful but then we touch them, filter them, try to make them who we think they should be. I think that it’s time we let things be. Beauty grows better in the wild.

Occupation: Operations Manager at RCS Professional Services

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