Powerful Women Speak


originally posted on Monday, December 10, 2012


Last Thursday, I attended the MA Women’s Conference, held in Boston.

8,000 women (and a few men) went to the same conference and had different moments and experiences of inspiration and motivation.

Speakers included Delia Ephron, Arianna Huffington, Brené Brown, Fawn Germer, Tory Johnson, Kristin Chenoweth, Barbara Bradley Backgaard, and several others!

Some highlights of this wonderful day:

Delia Ephron:

“Who I am is not a life sentence.”

“If you can do what you can do then you don’t have to worry about anyone else doing it.”

“Sometimes, we need to get in the cage of the lion.”

Arianna Huffington:

She grew up with a mom who told her that failure was a stepping stone to success.

“Why not imagine the best, instead of fantasizing about the worst?”

“We have to learn how to disconnect with technology and connect with ourselves.”

Refers to herself as a “Sleep Evangelist” and is a strong proponent for the importance of a good night’s sleep and naps for health and creativity; has a few nap rooms for employees at Huffington Post.

Her 4th Instinct is to “find meaning in our lives”.

Fawn Germer:

“Have a plan!”  “It’s fiction!”

“You can schedule worry.  How many minutes/day is a problem worth your time?”

“What is fear forcing you to miss in your life?”

“Sometimes, permission to quit is better than quitting.”

Brené Brown:

“Clarity of values is critical.”

“You can be both fearful and courageous at the same time.”  “There is no need to choose between fear and courage.”

“If you are not in the arena getting your butt kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”

“Engage with the world from a place of “I’m Enough”!”

“To be alive is to be vulnerable.”  “It’s about showing up and DARING GREATLY.”

Barbara Bradley Backgaard, creator of Vera Bradley, stated the following during a ‘fireside chat’ with Tory Johnson:

Barbara’s first company was a wallpaper hanging company.  Her suggested company name, initially, was ‘Well Hung’ but she compromised and named it ‘Up Your Wall’!

The Vera Bradley Company has a ‘Happy Committee’ and employees rotate through it every few years.

When she gives her grandchildren monetary gifts, they must give 10% to charity.  The children are more excited about telling her which charity they chose than about the present they purchased for themselves with the remainder.

Kristin Chenoweth:

Most successful when she listens to her ‘inner voice’.

Described herself as a “hamster on a wheel” for many years until an accident on the set of The Good Wife forced her to “STOP”.  She returned to listening to her inner voice.  She asked herself these questions:  “How do I want to be seen?” and “What mark do I want to leave?”

Once upon a time, these amazing, successful, generous women were all little girls.

As Kristin Chenoweth stated, “What mark do I want to leave?”

Inner Progress.

Happy Holidays!



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