It was my Birthday this week and so I needed to re-charge and take a little time for myself. So I went to a women's conference near San Jose CA. I was so excited to meet with Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They were keynoting at the 2013 Invent Your Future Conference (www.inventyourfuture.com) for women leaders in the Silicon Valley. Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman are the authors of the New York Times best seller NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children. Additionally, they’ve written for Newsweek, New York, the Guardian, and numerous other publications. They have won nine national awards, including PEN Center USA Literary Award for Journalism; an “Audie” from the Audio Publishers Association; and two Clarion Awards. I was so moved by meeting them and having the opportunity to watch them speak that I am interested in finding a way to hopefully collaborate with Ashley regarding what traits she thinks women need to hone in order to get respected, be heard and have impact in the board room.
With all the work that I am doing, what keeps getting reinforced is that meetings are a way of life and those people who can speak with confidence and have a tool like Robert’s Rules of Order in their toolbox will achieve a greater level of success. It was fun learning from Po and Ashley in person. I have been a fan of their books for many years!!!
All in all this conference was a success. It was a great Birthday gift and I walked away feeling re-charged!!