20 Reasons Not To Miss the Next “Women in CE” Forum

It was the third annual Women in CE Forum held Tuesday, June 24, during CE Week in Manhattan. The energy was high, as is customary when powerful, female leaders gather around eager ears and untapped potential.

This year, Women in CE founder Carol Campbell, once again packed the day with workshops and seminars for the “Power Up Your Network” forum that promoted self-examination and collaboration while offering advice for succeeding in the workplace.

A dynamic lineup of presenters delivered inspiring and motivating talks.

Here are 20 excerpts from the day that made the event memorable.

Opening Keynote address: Charlotte Beers Entrepreneur and Advertising Executive, Author of “I’d Rather Be in Charge,” andformer U.S. Under Secretary of State

1. Relationships are greater than work. We are granted mastery of being relationship people in the world of work. We are given the chance to calm stormy waters, we collaborate; we are so good at dealing with people.

2. One of the signs of a leader is taking fragile beings and bringing out their best selves. These are people you may not like or have anything in common with.

3. There is the curse of being womanly versus “leaderly.” The womanly thing is lovely at home as a lover, mother, etc. They are beautiful aspects of woman, but they are very much at risk when it comes to leadership. It is OK to be that person at home and another at work. You need to trade collaboration for personal conviction, compliance for bravery, seeking approval for keeping your own scorecard. All around you, you will be evaluated; but no one gets to define you.

4. Bravery is always born with desperation. You get to bravery when there are no other choices. The moment of leadership is so uncomfortable, you want to walk away from it.

5. Master memorable vocabulary. Know who you are from the inside out. Say exactly what you mean, and become alive with the fervor of what you want to express.

INTRIGUE: Create Interest, Earn Respect, Connect with Anyone—Ideapreneur and the author of “POP! Stand Out in Any Crowd” author, Sam Horn

6. There are two kinds of people you’ll find when game is on the line: the ones who stand back and those who say give me the ball.

7. First way to create legacy message is to start with “where.” Our message cannot be a cliché; don’t start with “why.” Where did you start to care? That is when your projects gets context.

8. Don’t just change the conversation; elevate the conversation.

The Power of Connectivity Success Stories: Moderated by Samantha Smith, Executive Vice President North America of Etail Eye.

9. When I walk in a room, I am not a woman, white, married, etc., but a competent professional with something to contribute. If you think that you are walking in as simply a woman, that’s what will happen. – Amy Jo Smith, President DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group

10. Give people what they need to be successful. I make sure to see the people who work for me and connect with them and see that they get what they need. – Irene Baran, CEO Speck Products

11. Put passion in your business, but be who you are. I encourage young ladies to be who you are. Don’t ask permission. Decide that it’s OK to live your life the way you want to live it. You will be a professional when you are being true to yourself. – Baran

12. Authenticity is best policy. Hold on to the person inside you, especially in turmoil. – Baran

13. A leader is not afraid to work with different people. Surround yourself with people who have different strengths. And of course you have to listen. – Amy Jo Smith

14. You can’t lead if you don’t know where you’re going. Bring to the table people who can solve them. Know who you are and what kind of leader you are. Doing those things constitutes good leadership. – Dr. Joan Fallon, Founder and CEO of Curemark LLC

15. Believe in enabling people to be their best. – Alyssa Harvey Dawson, Vice President, Global Intellectual Property, Harman International Industries

Closing keynote address: Shelley Zalis, CEO, Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange—The Power of Passion

16. [Women] are not linearly focused. We think about other people all the time. Men are generally analytical assertive, single-tasked. They believe in themselves.

17. Don’t fill the table with women to fill the seats. Fill them with the best. Move from culture of rigidity to culture of generosity.

18. I think we are facing a caregiver issue. People who have caregiving and work responsibilities are predominantly, women. If we start a new conversation, it becomes a caregiver issue.

19. A culture of generosity is taking the rules made for the “exceptions” and applying them to everyone.

20. Adding at least one woman to the table raises its collective intelligence.

And one bonus:

“Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman.” –Allison Pearson, journalist and British novelist

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