Start The Year With Life Lessons From Inspiring Women!

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Wisdom on leadership, growth, resilience, fearlessness, productivity, motherhood and equality from motivational leaders who spoke at the Massachusetts Conference For Women

Embrace the start of 2018 for it’s possibility! Whether you intend subtle shifts or a complete reset, the knowledge to accelerate your effort is out there.

I’ve been tuning into all of the learning I can find! I attended the Massachusetts Conference for Women, an annual event, with an amazing group of Mom friends and it’s the first conference I’ve invested in purely for my development (versus attending for my employer).

The investment was worth it. I continue to reflect on the powerful stories, from Viola Davis’ stirring keynote, to watching legend Gloria Steinem interview fellow legend, Meryl Streep.

I am grateful for the experience! Please enjoy my favorite quotes and sage advice from the accomplished speakers.

This year, prioritize growth, self-care and restoration. Renewed energy brings clarity and leads to inner joy! Revel in taking action on your brilliant ideas.

Leadership

Viola Davis, stage, television and Academy award winning Actor

“We don’t have to get it together to show up.”

“(I’m) a hero looking to build a life bigger than myself.”

“It’s not always convenient when you have to step into the position of leadership.   Significance is the step after success.”

Shelly Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient and creator of The Girls’ Lounge

“…what do you want to leave as your legacy? All of us have the capability.”

 Fearlessness

Viola Davis, stage, television and Academy award winning Actor

“If I don’t’ own my own story then I’m outside of it, husting to stay away from it…So much of our lives is about suppressing our story, hiding parts of who we are…You can’t connect when you hide from your story.”

Diane von Furstenberg, iconic fashion Designer, Philanthropist & Author

“Fear is not an option…after 10 minutes in the dark it’s not so dark anymore.”

“Life has a lot of failures along the way.”

 “If you doubt your power you give power to your doubts.”

Meryl Streep, Academy award-winning Actress and iconic Pioneer of women’s rights

“It’s hard to stand up, it’s very hard.”

Shelly Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient and creator of The Girls’ Lounge

“Your voice matters, if you don’t use it you won’t change things.”

“Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

Self-Care

Diane von Furstenberg, iconic fashion Designer, Philanthropist & Author

“The most important relationship you have is the one with yourself.”

“Design your life.”

Gretchen Stewart, Author, Founder of Sunshine Press & Philanthropist

“Be fluid like a river, many of us are rigid and we break. Rivers are strong, they go with the flow.”

Growth and Development

Diane von Furstenberg, iconic fashion Designer, Philanthropist & Author

 “There are so many doors, you don’t know which one is yours and it may not be the most glamorous. Be sensitive to every opportunity.”

Gloria Steinem, women’s rights Pioneer and Advocate

“It’s not possible to explain magic, it’s never possible.”

Equality

Meryl Streep, Academy award-winning Actress and iconic Pioneer of women’s rights

“Like hires like. We have to encourage people in power now to open the door, be empathetic.”

“Support women, support your girlfriends!”

Gloria Steinem, women’s rights Pioneer and Advocate

“No one group of people is meant to dominate another group of people.”

“We’re not going to put up with systems anymore that tell us where we’re ranked.”

Diane von Furstenberg, iconic fashion Designer, Philanthropist & Author

“We have a voice & have to use it. We no longer live in a world where women have no voice.”

“it’s fashionable to be a feminist again.”

“If you pay your own bills you have a voice.”

Motherhood

Meryl Streep, Academy award-winning Actress and iconic Pioneer of women’s rights

“Workplace infrastructure needs to value caregiving. We’re raising the kids who will inherit the future.”

“You are capable is the highest compliment in the world.”

Working Your Network

Erica Dhawan, Speaker, Author and CEO of Cotential

“Know you can engage networks in life to solve different problems.”

“The greatest solutions can come from anywhere.” 

“The key to generating the best solution is designing the right question.”

Kelly Hoey, Author, Influencer and Investor

“You need diversity in your network in all shapes and forms, if you don’t have that fix it.”

Social media has democratized networks when you’re outside of traditional power cliques.”

“The more human you are online you will make better connections. Twitter is like a cocktail party and I’ve met amazing people.”

“(On mentors)…be respectful of their time and follow up. Find out how that person likes to communicate, ask for the best way.”

“Seek out the people you admire…don’t put blocks in your own way.”

“You can get out there and be fearless when you’ve built these (networking) relationships.”

“I won’t walk into the room without an intention for being there.”

Jennifer Romolini, Author and Chief Content Officer at Shondaland

“Cultivate a small number of close, authentic connections.”

Productivity and Effectiveness

Shelly Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient and creator of The Girls’ Lounge

“Write no more than 3 tangible things on your to-do list. Just do it.”

Brigid Shulte, award-winning Journalist, best-selling Author and Director at The Better Life Lab

“…You can’t manage time, you can only manage your own priorities and expectations. Find time for one thing (each day), that’s a win.”

Gretchen Stewart Author, Founder of Sunshine Press and Philanthropist

“Allow yourself to be mindful, quiet…get bored. The best ideas come then. Do it every day even if it’s for 5 minutes.”

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