Del Williams


Top Five Women on Twitter Who Impact My Life

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There are people who have had an impact on my life, even though some are not friends or acquaintances in real life. They are my social media squad. To keep it simple I am going to limit it to Twitter. They are people who I laugh with, cry with, learn from, encourage and genuinely like.

Kathy Ireland @kathyireland  (Kathy Ireland Worldwide) – We became friends in 2009 when she responded to a tweet I had sent her. We also share the same birthday, though I like to tease her since she is older. My time around her, though limited, has allowed me to see her discipline. While others get distracted chasing shiny objects, she holds steadfast. When she stopped modeling she founded her company with a pair of socks. That company is now worth billions.

Gini Dietrich  @ginidietrich (Arment Dietrich) – How we found each other on Twitter is anyone’s guess. We have never met in person, but it feels like I know her so well. She is smart, honest, and has a great sense of humor. Her business in PR has changed over the years, and as I have watched from online, it is clear that she does what she needs to do, but not blindly. She is also a Bears fan, loves jelly beans, and is an avid biker.

Kat Cole @katcoleatl (Cinnabon)– I think I found her because of an article on her. She is a smart woman who has her hand on the pulse of changing business strategies. From what I have seen, she is into the startup scene, and loves Burning Man and I think biking.

Lisa Bevere @lisabevere – is an author and preacher dedicated to helping women be their best. I knew who she was and had read her books years before we ever became friends. In fact, how we became friends is a story best left out of this post because it makes me cringe at my attitude at the time. She is an avid coffee drinker, travels internationally quite a bit, is a mom and grand. She has a sense of humor, and is one of the best storytellers I have ever heard.

Rieva Lesonsky @rieva (Grow Biz) is a small business expert. She is a native New Yorker and loves baseball. She gives talks quite a bit around the country helping companies learn new trends and how to utilize them. She has a wicked sense of humor and keeps up to date with changes in the way business is being conducted due to new technology.

I only gave you a few women who have had an impact on my life, but I know they are also impacting other women as well. The one characteristic they all share is they are not selfish. They didn’t become successful and push the people who got them there to the side.

With the exception of Kathy who I know well, the others I have learned of their character, dreams, and antics via social media. Although, Gini back in the day had a way of calling me when I was in the library.

We all have people who have had an impact on our lives. These are mine, but I believe you should follow them. Watch how they help others, impart their business strategies, and help other women see the possibilities.

We are taught that people we don’t see in real life are not our real friends. I would argue that the way people become friends have changed. We may not be swapping boyfriend/husband stories at a coffee shop, but it works. Don’t limit yourself. 
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