VOICE OF IMPACT: Freddy Goerges

Founder and CEO of Houston Young Professionals (HYP), Freddy Goerges has built a community with over 30,000 members, fueled by choosing, over and over, to shake off the hardships and get creative in the moment.

The story behind Freddy’s success exemplifies the way he turned his own personal hardship into the connecting force for HYP. It’s beyond what drives him to tirelessly cultivate the community, its the permission he gives to every banker, broker, and solopreneur who is scared to fail when he shares so openly.

Freddy starts with his failure story which is a juxtaposition of melancholy and romcom.

In the midst of the 2008 financial crises, Freddy entered a jalapeno eating contest in Pasadena, TX in an attempt to win $500.  After the camaraderie of winning, and feeling the fire not just in his belly but also under his behind, he came to the realization that he didn’t have a network or community that championed each other.  

Societal stigma discourages men from openly expressing their need for support  - owning the voice of a emotionally intelligent man is pretty damn vulnerable in our book and why Freddy Goerges has been nominated as a Voice of Impact, and invited as our guest to Own Your Voice Summit.

Vulnerability is the essence of authenticity, a key to building your personal connections and a personal brand that garners trust.

At Own Your Voice Summit we are championing the voices of women and men.

This is a call to ALL conscious capitalist looking to scale their voice for social impact. None of us move head by alienating the other.  We learned that during Harvey, and will exemplify Houston’s ability to communicate, build community, and increase commerce.

“We don’t get to control crises or obstacles that we encounter, but we do have full control over how we respond to hardship”.

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Self (EQ):

Find connection, not division, as you put in an effort to move forward in solidarity - as a man or a woman.

To do this, we, as women and men, must listen and validate the experiences and challenges we each individually face - finding and owning our voices in the midst of a societal shift that has women rising to the ranks, and men wondering where is their place.

Both genders get judged for expressing their emotions. When one is called erratic the other is called weak. What we can do is understand how each processes their emotions.

If you don’t take time to feel your emotions, you act your emotions, and this is the kryptonite of a conscious capitalist.

Holding in your feelings can lead to anger, frustration, and even manifest with physical symptoms, such as heart attacks, or leadership attacks, such as micro-management.

By understanding the way society teaches men and women to process and express emotion, we can combat gender stereotypes and support members of the opposite sex to lead from a conscious place.

 

Strategy:  

How can we have emotionally vulnerable conversations with the other gender in the #MeToo era?

Inclusion:  Women are much more likely to discuss gender inequality issues with other woman, which excludes 50% of the population needed to tackle these problems. . Women need to include men in these difficult conversations to effectively tackle issues of sexual harassment and gender equality. For women in the workplace, this can be accomplished by inviting a male coworker to a woman’s meeting or gathering to make them aware of challenges women face in the workplace.

Men: when you are invited to these conversations you are not walking into an attack. We are asking you to adopt your natural fortitude and problem solving to champion equality for all human’s.

Honest communication: Honest conversations move us forward and allow us to support, validate, and move forward in solidarity.  Men are potential allies but are unsure of what they can do to help and are uncomfortable broaching the subject. Women who are  having these difficult conversations, embrace the lead and your ability to stay focused on the solution, not the problem.

 
SMALL BUSINESS, EQSahar Paz