At Armoire, we’re casting a spotlight on some of the notable, powerful boss ladies in our community, and what being a boss lady means to them. Read on to learn all about Armoire member, Lilani Dunn.
Who she is:
Experienced Food Marketing & PR professional with a demonstrated history of working in both the private and public sectors of the Food industry. Strong media and communication skills with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nutrition & Food Science from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Personal and professional interest in philanthropic causes including teaching nutritional education classes for Cooking Matters programs and serving on volunteer boards for City of Hope and Street Yoga.
How she’s redefining the boss lady:
I’m planning on being a mother that works. I realize that isn’t unique to my situation whatsoever. But over the years I have witnessed a bit of insecurity and guilt that can come from being either, stay-at-home or working mom.
Women who work have shared that they feel as if they aren’t home enough or there for their kids and women who stay-at-home have described feeling guilt not contributing a salaried income or who struggle with feeling a loss of identity.
I have three older sisters and a sister-in-law who have been role models for me that it IS possible to do both and do them extremely successfully. It’s given me the confidence to completely lean into my career and also plan for our little girl’s arrival at the end of the summer. I know it isn’t easy but witnessing it successfully done and seeing how wonderful my 9 nieces and nephew are let’s me know it is possible.
What she wishes she had known 10 years ago:
Empathy goes a very long way in almost every aspect of life – personal and professional.