What an amazing day it was at the 5th Annual Work-Life Balance Educational Conference for Businesswomen. For those of you who couldn't be there, here are some highlights and photos.
Motivational speaker James Arthur Ray, author of Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want, shared some thoughts to inspire us.
Ray says he's made millions and lost millions and encourages others to believe they can bounce back from a challenge. Some of his messages were basic and timely:
- It's not what you do that determines success, it's how you do it.
- Most people say they want something, but they are not willing to do what it takes to get it.
- If you are in a job transition, congratulations. The universe just gifted you with an opportunity.
- Know what you want, what inspires you, put your attention on it.
- Don't just think and feel, act. Go after what you want.
- Hang out with people who aren't doing the norm.
- Financially, you will always be rewarded by the amount of value and service you provide.
After lunch, I moderated a panel of South Florida business people who shared some great tips:
Scott Brooks, Mayor of Coral Springs, was the brave man on the panel with five women. Scott's tips for networking: Try to combine work, philanthropy and family. He recently held a barbeque at his home, made it a charity fundraiser and invited some business people. Scott, who owns a business, says he understands when someone needs a work accommodation, maybe some flexibility, but he wants an employee to be direct with his/her request.
I asked the panel how they like to be contacted -- e-mail, phone calls, personal letters?
Tracy Wilson Mourning of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program says she likes e-mail. Of course, she admitted she has anassistant who helps answer her e-mail.
For me, the highlight of the day was Carolyn Kepcher, CEO of Carolyn & Co. Media, former executive vice president of the Trump Organization.
Rather than "balance" Carolyn likes the world "integration." She believes the key is knowing your priorities -- whether it's to earn a living, raise your kids, score a promotion. "Once you have that in check, it's amazing how easy decision-making becomes." She also says it's important for women to "accept the decisions we make and be okay with them."
Carolyn posed this question to the audience: Why don't women ask for a promotion? The answers varied but the general coconsensus was, "Women don't want to rock the boat." Carolyn's advice: Rock the boat! For more, see the full interview with Carolyn that ran in The Miami Herald.
Congratulations to Susie Levan for getting 1,200 people to the event. It's become a must-attend. If you weren't able to come, mark your calendar for the third Wednesday in April 2010.