Leading Ladies

I attended a breakfast in Baltimore called "Leading Ladies: Junior Achievement of Central Maryland," which brought female business leaders and high school women together to "unleash the power within."  With a focus on the high school ladies, three business leaders took the podium to share their experience with the girls and we, the community business women, were there to empower and encourage the next generation of female leaders. 

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Take-A-Ways:

  • Create your own Board of Directors -- for example, someone with whom you like to go shopping, another friend who is a great listener and another who gives dynamic advice.
  • The noise of the world will drown out your inner message if you let it (so don't let the noise distract you and believe in your own voice)
  • Embrace who you are, right where you are, for all that you are AND for all that you aren't.
  • I am the sum of my small steps.
  • Think of yourself when opportunities present themselves.
  • Leaders share experience and goals, in an effort to better communicate with others
  • My favorite tidbit from the morning -- "If you're your authentic self, you have no competition."
  • Second runner up -- Spend time developing your strengths, not focused on your weaknesses.

I like the last one for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I find myself saying "if I improve XYZ, then I'll find greater success" rather than fostering my strengths and excelling in the areas in which I'm already competent.

Questions to ponder:

  • How do I want to be remembered?
  • What are my passions? (This is your niche, where you should focus time + career)
  • How would other people describe me (also known as your personal brand and everyone has one)

The breakfast was meant to help and mentor the young ladies but I walked out of the event with a head full of ideas and a book, called "Reinventing You: Define your Brand, Imagine Your Future" on it's way to my front door (thank you Amazon app).  I'll be sure to share with you highlights and tips.

WOMEN WHO CHANGE THE WORLD: author unknown

"There are women who make things better... Simply by showing up. There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their way. There are women who make a difference. And women who make us smile. There are women of wit and wisdom who... through strength and courage ... make it through.  There are women who change the world every day... women just like YOU."