|SECRET TO SUCCESS: Professional women from across the |
Philadelphia area joined us to discuss leadership, success, and motivation
There was great synergy among our panelists, and our moderator, Sara Lomax-Reese, President of WURD Radio, LLC, kept the discussion moving. Our panelists this year were:
- Beatrice Romao, Retail Market Manager, TD Bank
- Tina Simmons Waters, Senior Vice President Human Performance, Comcast
- Jill Michal, President and CEO, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
- Allison Pokras, Executive Director, Operation Understanding
- Stacy Holland, President & CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network
- Dr. Patricia Rucker, Senior Vice President of Academic Advancement & Provost, Peirce College
We also heard some tidbits of advice throughout the evening that we think every professional woman can benefit from, whether or not you were in attendance.
- As a woman, it's OK to ask for things at work in a professional manner. Whether it's a promotion, a raise, or more responsibility, it's up to you to speak up for yourself.
- Perfect is the enemy of good.
- Success is knowing what makes you happy and then being happy when you get it.
- Success isn't just about uncovering my potential -- it's about uncovering the potential of others.
- No one is perfect -- perfection is a façade. No matter how high up you get in the food chain, there will always be days where you feel something isn't getting accomplished, and that's OK. Take pride in your accomplishments each day.
- Find a personal and professional mentor. It should be someone that can give you some tough love when you need it, and will help you reach your potential.
- To find a great position, you have to volunteer, get exposure, and figure out if it's really what you want. It's also extremely important to network. Talk to professionals who are doing what you want to do and then connect.
- Manage your time by compartmentalizing your duties -- focus on work at work, and your family at home. And remember that you might need to change your strategy as your life and responsibilities change. But it's most important to figure out what you're not willing to step back on. Then ask for help to handle the rest.
- Make people remember your reaction to the negative. Always take the high road in business.
- Find it, make it, own it, do it!
- Remember, there's always an opportunity to raise your hand.
We also presented two leadership awards as part of the event. Congratulations to Jo-Ann Williams, a former Paralegal studies student, for winning the Alumni Leadership award, as well as Ashley Arntz, a Paralegal studies student who will be graduating this year, for winning the Student Leadership award.
Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in our 2013 Women in Leadership event. It was a truly special evening, and we hope you took away some valuable advice about your career, family, and work-life balance.