On November 1, I had the great pleasure of attending the 10 Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women in my hometown of Philadelphia, with 7,000 women and a few intrepid, modern men. As an introvert, it was a bit overwhelming at first, but I was soon swept up in the energy, enthusiasm and raw power of the sisterhood.
The all-star roster of speakers included Former Secretary of States Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeleine Albright; author and host of Judge Hatchett, Judge Glenda Hatchett; author and ABC’s Good Morning America workplace contributor Tory Johnson; and 85 Broads’ Sallie Krawcheck, among others, who touched on everything from leadership and courage to entrepreneurship and reinvention to health and wellness.
Secretary of State Albright said there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women. So, in the spirit of paying it forward and lending a hand, below are some of the best “snackable” pieces of advice I heard at the conference – which, in turn, I hope you will share with the women – and men – in your life:
From Judge Glenda Hatchett:
- When you come across torn pages in life’s book, write your own story of hope and possibilities.
- Failure is just a warm-up for success.
- Don’t ask why, but why not.
From Madeleine Albright:
- Be an active listener; use your voice; and interrupt. Always speak at meetings.
From Julie Shifman:
- Prepare before you walk into a networking situation and then follow the breadcrumbs. Use your network as a strategic asset.
From Cindy Ratzlaff:
- Surround yourself with agenda-free friends who reflect back the best of you.
- YOU are a brand. Everything you do is your brand extension. Put time into your personal brand message.
- Speak to yourself the way you want others to speak to you. Don’t undermine yourself. Train people to trust your words.
From @QVC Beth Rubino:
- Know your values and what you stand for. Find a company that is aligned with yours.
- Use every opportunity to learn and find your “superpower” – and then build around it.
- When your passion and purpose are aligned, you have capacity to give back.
From 85 Broads’ Sallie Krawcheck:
- Go beyond your close circle of friends to network. “Loose” connections can be invaluable for making new connections and surfacing new opportunities.
- Sponsorship matters. You need people who will fight for you.
- Pick ethics and integrity over a job any day.