The collective essay 37 almas en una ['37 souls in one'] was presented last month at ESADE. Published by the Planeta Group, the essay analyses the key aspects of female leadership. I had the privilege of participating in this project by contributing a testimonial. The essay was written by 37 women executives who met at ESADE during the Promociona Project. Promoted by the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Associations (CEOE) and the Women’s Institute for Equal Opportunities, the Promociona Project aims to foster the training, professional development, leadership and advancement of female executives.
I was pleased to contribute to 37 almas en una alongside 36 other professionals and executives. The essay, made possible by the efforts of organiser Estela Baz, analyses the contributing authors’ professional experiences from a perspective that transcends a strictly professional point of view. Most of the women who contributed to the project were the first to occupy high-responsibility positions that had traditionally been held by men. We authors had the opportunity to share our perspectives and our professional experiences, as well as the lessons we have learned through personal experiences such as motherhood and the quest to strike a work-life balance. The richness of 37 almas en una is based on the diversity of the women who contributed testimonials. Each one of us has a unique story to tell and a totally different set of experiences to share. The book is a series of 37 individual dreams that, taken together, constitute the collective dream that diversity can one day become a reality.