This past Thursday I flew to Atlanta to pick up Ubee’s award as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Led companies chosen by WPO and American Express. Ubee and I made #8! This was certainly an exciting life event for which I am very thankful to WPO and all the colleagues over my career that have helped me along the way.
In addition to the award ceremony, I was quite impressed with the Conference itself. The leaders of this organization and the conference speakers were inspiring. Here are some of the sessions I attended:
- Jim Collins, Author & Educator was excellent as the keynote on Thursday. Most interesting were his discussions on “20-Mile March” and “luck”. There was a question regarding whether some people are more lucky than others, therefore, more successful. His response was that everyone has luck; sometimes it’s bad & sometimes it’s good. The most successful recognize when they are in either state and take the appropriate action. I had never really thought about it that way until that very moment.
- Here’s a link with more info on Jim: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/09/30/jim-collins-great-by-choice-exclusive-excerpt/ and http://www.jimcollins.com/
- Geena Davis, Academy Award winning actor and activist, spoke a bit about herself and also the need to change gender stereotypes in the media. She is a smart, strong woman who is fabulously funny. Who knew? Besides learning about her initiatives she also mentioned organizations that encourage and support women that want to run for office. Here’s one I found: http://www.sheshouldrun.org/
- Geena’s organization on preventing gender stereotypes: http://www.seejane.org/
- Marilyn Mobley, SVP Edelman, shared with us highlights on leveraging Social Media & branding your company. Did you know that due to info overload the average person will read what you put out on the Web for about 23 seconds before they move on to another site?
- Here’s a link with more on Marilyn: http://www.edelman.com/
- Jim Horan, President, The One Page Business Plan Company. At his session we wrote a business plan in about 12 minutes and learned how to leverage this tool not only for the company itself but also for each department.
- More on Jim: http://www.onepagebusinessplan.com/about.html
It was an energizing, empowering, well-run event. The sponsors were wonderful and we received so many great gifts. Now that I’ve discovered WPO I will be joining too! http://www.womenpresidentsorg.com/