Bristol author pens ‘A Letter to Our Daughters’

Jodi L. Leffingwell is hosting a book signing Aug. 3 in Bristol

By Emma Nicholson
Posted 7/30/21

 

Bristol native Jodi Leffingwell holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership as well as an MBA and she works for a global organization with a passion for leadership development. But one of …

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Bristol author pens ‘A Letter to Our Daughters’

Jodi L. Leffingwell is hosting a book signing Aug. 3 in Bristol

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Bristol native Jodi Leffingwell holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership as well as an MBA and she works for a global organization with a passion for leadership development. But one of her favorite roles is the role she plays as a mother, to her daughters, Abbey and Aubrey, who are the inspiration for her latest book, “A Letter to Our Daughters.” 

What started as a dedication letter for Ms. Leffingwell’s second book, soon became her first. The book — which includes a range of advice, messages, and inspiration — is a reminder of the unlimited potential that each woman holds. “It is poignant, with just a few words on each page and some beautiful artwork,” she said, noting that it would make a great gift for any woman. 

“For centuries, we as a gender have doubted our ability to achieve goals,” Ms. Leffingwell said, in discussing the challenges faced by women today. “More than 60 percent of women suffer from Imposter Syndrome, which is defined as women not feeling worthy of achievement or success. We feed into our own self-limiting beliefs.”

These kinds of beliefs are precisely what Ms. Leffingwell hopes to discourage, through messages of positivity and empowerment. She notes that while progress has been made toward women gaining higher levels of influence — such as the achievements of Vice President Kamala Harris — there is still work to be done. She believes that women must continue to support the younger women in their lives. “We still have an opportunity to help our daughters, become independent thinkers, and support building their confidence, by providing opportunities for learning and leadership,” Ms. Leffingwell said.

Through simple messages, this book reminds women of their potential. Some of Ms. Leffingwell’s personal favorite messages from her book include, “Do the things that scare you,” and “Never be the smartest person in the room. If you are, then you are in the wrong room.” 

Ms. Leffingwell’s next book, “Life After Coffee,” will be released shortly, and focuses on leadership, particularly the transition from mid-level to executive roles for women. 

Jodi Leffingwell will host a book signing for “A Letter to Our Daughters” at Portside Tavern on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

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