CREW Charlotte December 2021 Luncheon – “A Friendly Rivalry – How Two Women Competitors Found Common Ground”
CREW Charlotte’s virtual December luncheon was a celebration of ‘Women supporting Women’ in power roles combined with a presentation of our year-end 2021 Impact Awards. We had Morgan Fogarty and Molly Grantham, two respected reporters and newscasters on competing television networks. They have struck up an unlikely friendship and were virtually on with our CREW Charlotte network to talk about their relationship, as to inspire our group to build each other up even in the most unlikely and unusual of situations.
Morgan and Molly discussed how their friendship began and has continued over their similarities with career and their family life. They both had very competitive work environments and when Morgan reached out to Molly to say Congrats on the baby and welcome back to the workforce they started to text more and eventually became really good friends. They bonded and had a lot of similarities in a male-dominated environment.
3 things to take away:
- Trust your instinct- Don’t shut it down and second guess yourself. Follow your gut instinct and you can’t go wrong. Give other women validation of being seen, heard and supported. We all go through mommy guilt and they both felt guilty for wanting to go back to work but they both related to the same feeling. Find a group to support each other. Build each other up.
- Stronger Together- You will be more fulfilled developing friendships with your competitors. Differences make us all unique but how we handle it and adjust, adapt is what makes us different. It is ok to say NO. We feel like we have to say yes all the time and No is a complete sentence. Listen to your own voice.
- Utilize your differences to strengthen your bond – Molly is a giver and never wants to say “NO”, where Morgan tries to encourage her to think about doing things for herself more and to find finality in situations sooner, leading to peace.
Do the next right step when you start doubting yourself. Pull yourself out of insecurity. They are both not intimidated by younger reporters but feel like they can be a great mentor to them and help them grow and learn. In turn, there is a huge level of respect for each other. Women building other women up. Build their confidence.
They ended with Q & A and presenting the Impact awards; with the below winners being announced by Morgan and Molly: