When Dr. Tererai Trent spoke of achieving dreams thanks partly to the help of others and then doing what she can to help others achieve their dreams, the words resonated for Mollie Wise and Pat Benner.
They heard Trent speak March 1 for the Women Build Kickoff.
Benner is on the board of directors for Habitat of Humanity of Lee and Hendry counties. She has helped raise $20,000 to rehab a home as part of Women Build, Habitat’s initiative to engage women in the effort to provide safe and decent homes for families in need of affordable housing.
Wise, a retired teacher and principal, volunteers for both organizations.
“The whole premise of ‘I am because we are and we are because I am,’” Wise said. “We are linked in sisterhood. We’re only as good and productive and happy as those we are around. We need each other so that we can truly become. That gave me the words about the greater good, that we’re bound to one another on a common mission. Especially now, we need to lift each other up.”
Trent is considered a model for women’s empowerment. She has been a keynote speaker at the United Nations; she has been a regular guest with Oprah Winfrey; she has been on CBS This Morning; and she has been a Ted Talk presenter.