superpowers: wise words from pennsylvania’s conference for women…

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.

source: linda descano/managing director + head of content for citi


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