Trust and generosity are not readily available; they are things that must be built over time. Having been an executive recruiter focusing in women’s services leadership for almost twenty years, I have come to learn this fact all too well. As a long-time leader in the healthcare, sales and consulting spaces, I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting inspiring women’s health leaders many who have brought a multitude of transformative ideas to the table. This observation, however, was put out almost as quickly as the spark was started.
True revolutions happen over time – lots of time. They also have a starting place –some kind of specific event and key players. For example, The Velvet Underground is credited as one of the most influential bands of the 1960s in the United States, but before rising to critical acclaim, the band endured a launching phase that was anything but impressive. In fact, the Velvet Underground may have sold as little as 30,000 copies in its early years; however, many have said that each one of its albums led to a new band being formed. Today, much of what we call rock and roll can be traced back and attributed to this revolutionary group.
It seems realistic to say that every space has a “Velvet Underground” – a pioneer who paved the way for the state of the industry as a whole. In labor and delivery leadership and maternity, that individual is Celeste Phillips. At this moment it is fair to say that millions of mothers and babies have been touched by Celeste’s pioneering work.