Texas Conference for Women: Best Ideas & Words of Wisdom

One week ago today I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Texas Conference for Women. Being in the presence of 5,000 other women was a powerful experience! This conference will definitely become an annual tradition for me. Ladies, I hope you’ll join me next year.

Here are the best ideas I took away from the conference:

Impactful words from Charlotte Beers, former advertising CEO & Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs, author of I’d Rather Be in Charge:

  • “All things being equal, I’d rather be in charge.”
  • “Learn how to be an artful communicator. Speak with clarity from the center of yourself.”
  • “Practice leadership every single day.” 
  • “No one EVER leads without learning how to communicate.”

Thought-provoking words from – Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home:

  • “Home is the foundation of a happy life.”  
  • “Outer order contributes to inner calm.”
  • “The only person you can change is yourself.” 
Inspiring words from the panelists at The Creative and Innovative Leader: Moving from Idea Generation to Action panel:
  • “Never stop asking questions.”
  • “Embrace the unknown, the uncertain, and the uncomfortable to bring ideas to innovation.” 
  • “Define success on your own terms.” 
Real words of wisdom from the How Great Women Lead panel:
  • “Don’t think of leadership as something we’re trying to do like men. Women lead uniquely.”
  • “Anybody’s strength, taken to excess, becomes a weakness.” 
  • “At times if you’re out in front, you slow your team down.”
  • “Be willing to take risks. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to fail.”
  • “Always keep your vision in front of you.”
Motivating words from Dr. Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly:
  • “We can be afraid and brave in the exact same moment. That’s where courage comes from.”
  • “My goal is to dare greatly and be myself.”
  • “The real question isn’t ‘what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ Ask yourself, ‘what’s worth doing even if you fail?'”
Powerful words from Cathie Black, former president-turned-chairman of Hearst Magazines and author of Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life):
  • “Make everything that happens (or doesn’t happen) work for you.”
  • “Having a full plate is great; having a full life is better.”
  • “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” 
  • “Assume that the place at the table is rightfully yours and take it.”
  • “Learn how to respond, not react.”
  • “Always plan for your next act. Choose it from among your passions. This is where you do your best work.” 
This was an absolutely unforgettable day. Thank you to those who made it possible and to all of the speakers who inspired us to think, learn, and grow!
What was your favorite quote from the conference? Which speaker had the biggest impact and gave you the most to think about? What is the next step in your growth as a leader?
You can check out a list of other blogs that have been written about the 2012 Texas Conference for Women here. And to stay connected with the Texas Conference for Women so that you can join me at next year’s conference, click here.
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