The Strongest Woman I Know

Since the beginning of time, whether given credit then or not, women have been the backbone of humanity. In every role, at every moment in history, and everywhere in the world, women contribute to the progression of our very existence and transform the future and quality of life.

What’s so special about being a woman? Everything – from being primary caretakers, leading political revolutions, birthing generations, to leading global organizations and beyond.

Join us in support of #StrongestWomanIKnow #SWIK

This year and years to follow, we want to show our appreciation to women trailblazers. Despite negative impacts from personal, economic, political, and societal events, women have demonstrated unmatched perseverance and strength. Citizant employees have shared the strongest woman they know with us, so we’d like to share those submissions with the world. Please join us in honoring these extraordinary women.

Yolanda Yao Gentry

Yolanda Yao Gentry

Mother

Raised 5 daughters on her own by working around the clock and never once complained. She is the strongest, fiercest, kindest, and unapologetic 3’11″ Flip (aka Filipino) I know.

Cozzie Johnson

Cozzie Johnson

Mother

My mom is by far the strongest woman I know – mentally, spiritually and perhaps even physically. So whenever I hear fight like a girl, I think to myself “They don’t know my mom.” 

Rica Wright

Rica Wright

Colleague

Citizant’s very own, Rica, became the first African American woman to hold the rank of Major in the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, serving as the jail commander. We’re proud to have this strong woman influence and impact not only her family and Citizant, but the greater community.

Barbara Rusciolelli

Barbara Rusciolelli

Mom

My mom, an army wife of 32 years who made 27 moves alongside my Dad, is an inspiration! Losing her own mother at a young age and being oceans away from her family and friends for much of her adult life, she made the best of every situation, home, and country we were stationed in. And, she always impressed these values on my sister and I – care for family, service to others, and devotion to faith. Love you, Mom!

Li Yan Wa

Li Yan Wa

妈妈

Due to the hardships of the communist revolution, my mother was unable to complete more than grade school and worked at the wet market to provide income for her family. When she became an adult, she was the 2nd fastest sewer and had the least amount of defects in the sewing factory she worked at. When she became married, she immigrated to the US knowing little to no English, opened a restaurant with her husband, and became a United States Naturalized Citizen. Her adversity and hard work motivates me everyday to keep striving for greater and moving forward everyday.

Janet Leidner

Janet Leidner

Mother

My mom is not only the strongest woman I know, but my favorite as well. She had quite the battle with cancer a few years back, but maintained a positive, determined attitude throughout the entire process, which was truly inspiring. She’s my best friend and feel so lucky to call her my mom.

Paula Minkeson

Paula Minkeson

Mother

My mother was a single mother who had me at 25 years old. At 30, she began working for the City of New York DOT as a meter maid, then elevated to a Lieutenant in Traffic Enforcement when they merged with NYPD. After 25 years with NYPD, I had to retire her here in Georgia due to an aneurysm rupture in her brain – the surgeons said if it wasn’t for her mental and physical strength, she would not have made it. To still have her on this earth is a true blessing after being left with dementia –  God can do anything. After living with me 14 years and dealing with some tough days, we’re still together trying to make memories that will last a lifetime. My mom taught me true love and sacrifice and I’ve followed in her steps since I had my children. She is the ultimate strongest woman I know. 

Camila Cruz Hernandez

Camila Cruz Hernandez

Grandmother

She was strong in the face of poverty, adversity, family struggles, and serious health issues. She was my guardian angel as a child growing up in Miami. She protected me and showered me with endless and unconditional love during the best and the worst of times. She BELIEVED in me! She also saved me when I was in my third year of college. I was working 4 jobs and maxed out on student loans and grants. I was also out of money to pay for tuition and running out of time to pull the money together. She pulled $5,000 out from her mattress (her entire life savings!) and gave it to me so that I wouldn’t have to drop out and come home. She never asked for that money back. Never said a word. Just continued to believe that I could make a difference.

Abla Alemán

Abla Alemán

CEO

Alba continually pours into the lives of her team, and collectively, we’d like to express our gratitude and appreciation for our fearless leader. Being present and making herself available while juggling never-ending tasks is what truly sets Alba apart from other CEOs – she knows her team, empowers us, and values all of our individual contributions while running a remarkable company. It’s safe to say the Alba is one of the strongest, bravest, and most caring women we know. Also, happy 22-year anniversary to Citizant, your pride and joy! 🙂