The Annual Possible Woman Leadership Conference was held today here in Atlanta, at the Georgia World Congress Center.
It was attended by 600+ professional women from both the corporate world as well as the entrepreneurial world. There were many women just out of college, as well those that have been in business for over 30 years. Their experiences, opportunities, and challenges faced were as varied as the industries and businesses they were in: IBM, Georgia Pacific, ATT, IKEA, Ribbon Inc., to solo proprietors.
The daylong conference provided opportunities to listen and learn about dealing with stress, barriers for women in the workplace, mastering entrepreneurship, and even what we have been discussing here for the month of April – success mapping via goal setting.
And there were even several men there that actively attended all of the sessions; appearing impressed and provoked to action from the inspirational, motivating, and successful women that were presenting. They were impressive.
It was capped off with a key note speech from Dee Dee Myers – President Clinton’s White House Press Secretary.
I would be lying if I said I was extremely impressed by her presentation. I mean, here she spoke in front of the country for years, and yet she talks at 100 miles per hour, often stumbling over her own words. And though I am a member of Toastmasters International, and did feel an urge to advise her to attend and encounter the ‘ah counter’, I was not there and interested in judging her presentation style. I was curious to hear what she had to say to this audience of successful, powerful women that filled the room; and I was praying that it was not political.
She kicked off with a surprisingly funny joke about Rush Limbaugh; I won’t repeat it since I do not want to get into a political debate. That was the extent of the discussion. She then turned to discussing her book which covered the subjects of empowering women, the female gap in the workplace, and things that we women need to take responsibility for, if we want our position in the world to change. And of course she called all of us to act on our power and success, and the ability to have what we want, to change the world, lead the world, and makes the world whatever we want it to be.
I did not pick up her book I will admit, but did leave energized from the entire day.