Mayor Tomlinson speaks to the 199th Infantry Brigade at the Ft. Benning Maneuver School of Excellence as they celebrates Leadership and “Women’s Equality Day." Mayor Tomlinson speaks of her journey as a woman leader and the "magnanimous" male leaders who helped along the way. Some excerpts:
"While being a woman leader makes it difficult to command the respect of the traditional power structure, it makes it easier to garner the respect and admiration of those who because of their own journey know the strength and character it took to overcome the inertia of tradition. Those folks trust and appreciate you as a leader and will support, defend and follow you as a leader because of your unique journey, because of your distinction."
"I want to give a shout out to all the secure and aware male leaders out there - those who respect and admire and will follow women leaders. I can remember, and name, every single one of them that stepped out of their way to give me cover against their lesser, struggling male colleagues. I implore you to be that man. Be that leader."