Hi hi! So this week, I hit up a co-hosted event by Live in the Grey & Elevate Gen Y at WeWork. The event was called “Ignite Your Dream Career” and was focused towards women. She-ra! Sometimes when I’m feeling a little uninspired, going to an event like this can have a couple effects on me:
- Makes me feel really horribly about my current state
- Makes me feel very jealous about others’ current state
- Gets me excited about my possible future state
- Reminds me that my future state is partially under my control
- Reminds me that I should probably dress-up more often
The speakers were awesome, and unlike some other events I’ve been to, I did not feel like I was attending an interview where they each listed off all their wonderful qualities while glossing over any of the lesser-positive details. Instead, these women were engaging, entertaining and told their stories with a healthy dose of honesty and self-awareness.
Loren Brill, the creator of Sweet Loren’s talked about her journey from baking-lover to contest winner to Whole Food supplier.
Tama Kieves, spoke about going from on-track-to-partner lawyer to learning to listen to her inner voice and writing a best-selling book, This Time I Dance.
Miki Agrawal, was a whirlwind speaking about writing Do Cool Shit, creating WILD and launching THINX. I’m not quite sure when she sleeps.
One of my favorite takeaways from the event was Miki’s 5 Things:
- You’re as good as the five closest friends you keep – really, ensure you’re surrounding yourself with people who affect your life in a positive way
- Master a skill – if you’re at work for 40 hours, may as well give it your all
- Solve a real problem – If you see something in the world that sucks, see it as an opportunity to fix it
- Purpose is your best motivation – It’s okay to not know your Purpose just find what you love, and do that (and keep trying)
- Always lead with how can I help you – this reminded me of Sheryl Sandberg’s book, when she speaks about people asking for help versus asking to help