On Oct. 21, women from around the country attended the 2nd Annual Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women. Bohlsen Group’s Jaymie Shook, Karen Hurt and Lauren Cascio were among the more than 800 businesswomen, community leaders and philanthropists that attended this day of networking and learning.
The advice they gleaned from the conference will be instrumental in their work at Bohlsen Group moving forward.
The highlight of the conference for me was hearing Judy Smith, the inspiration for Olivia Pope and executive producer of ABC’s hit show Scandal, talk about her work and experiences. I was struck by how normal and down-to-earth she was while talking about what it was like to be press secretary for George H.W. Bush and handling the highest of high profile clients. One of my favorite takeaways from her presentation is also one of my favorite things about Olivia Pope: They own what they’re good at. Smith was upfront that she wasn’t good at everything, but she was never shy about saying she handled something well, did great work or was the best person for the job.
From mastering the art of intrigue to embracing technology in my career, the entire conference was full of excellent advice from inspiring women.
One highlight for me was watching Katty Kay and Claire Shipman explore the concept of confidence and how it impacts perceived competence. The veteran news anchors and co-authors detailed the science behind confidence and how they used this research to build their “Confidence Code” for women. Their mantra of, “Act more, think less and be authentic” are words every woman should live by at home and in the workplace.
The most important part of the conference to me was not only the overall feeling of empowerment but also picking up concrete tips I can use right away.
In the session led by author and New York Times writer Pamela Ryckman, she talked about groups of successful women getting together to talk about business, careers and personal issues to empower each other. This “stiletto network” allows women from the C-suite to the bottom of the office flowchart to help each other get ahead at work and in life. So, asking a few co-workers to invite other colleagues to a dinner once a quarter is something I can take action on immediately.