Fast Friday with Wanda Parker Bell, force of nature, leadership enthusiast, friend, wife and mom

Posted July 22, 2011 in Latest News & Insights

On Wednesday of this week, my friend Wanda Parker Bell lost her battle with cancer. Wanda was one of those women who, once you met her, left an indelible impression that you would never forget. I think if you could have found a way to bottle her energy, you’d have been able to solve global warming, create world peace, end famines and still have time to whip up a gourmet meal.  Wanda was a natural teacher and mentor. Here’s one of the many pieces of advice she gave to me over the years:

 “You just have to bust your ass and gather up enough speed that when you hit the bumps in the road you have enough momentum to fly over them and keep going!”

She shared this gem with me as I expressed concern (as a newbie sales rep) about my fear of rejection that comes with losing a sale. I loved that message. Sales, like most things in life – certainly leadership – is all about working hard and getting forward momentum. As Wanda knew, hard work creates forward momentum and forward momentum builds the confidence you need to handle the occasional bump in the road.

Sadly though, sometimes life throws unfair and insurmountable bumps at you.  Cancer may have ended Wanda’s journey too soon, but like all great mentors, her wisdom lives on in those of us who were lucky enough to know her.

I am going to miss Wanda’s boundless encouragement and enthusiasm.

Shine on dear friend.


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  1. Yvonne Blaszczyk says:

    The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers:

    http://www.endcancer.ca/site/TR?px=36594

    On September 10-11, 2011, I’ll walk 32 kilometers in one day as a part of Danier Angels Team with thousands of other women and men for all our friends & family that are currently fighting cancer.

    Many of our friends have beaten cancer, but some are just beginning…

    Also, our friend & colleague Wanda Parker Bell was fighting her heroic battle with cancer several weeks ago, she was very brave at a pivotal point of this fight…and tragically Wanda passed on at noon July 20, 2011…she said ” she will watch this 32 km walk from the other side.”

    As well, I would like us to remember on this day all our friends and family that have passed on from this terrible disease. We will find the cure!

    Yvonne Blaszczyk