Her entire presentation I spent listening to her stories with my jaw dropped or frantically taking notes. It was all so inspiring. I can tell she carefully selected topics to cover, ensuring all the subject matter had the dual purpose of passing along helpful work life lessons, and discussing program and crisis management. Her lessons on apprenticeship, brand recognition, adapting and allowing our careers to be “imperfect”, pushing outside of our comfort zones, and stakeholder management were all insightful topics.
She spoke specifically at the end about finding female role models and not letting others tell your story, and this resonated with me a great deal. Her delivery of the entire presentation was so gracefully composed and controlled, not rushed, or self-deprecating in any way, and that’s something I aspire to be able to do better. Most importantly, she’s so warm and charming. I can see why she’s effective at negotiating in crisis situations, as she puts you at ease, and is probably able to very quickly get to the heart of what you want and need. Very disarming 🙂 Having her there in person would be so impactful to our group – I hope she is able to come to LA next time!