Women Are So Interesting
For many women, personal truths surfaced from the sessions. While there was plenty of focus on the how-to’s of entrepreneurship, there was quite a bit of attention paid to women and how they intrinsically think and work.
Pattie Sellers, co-chair of the Most Powerful Women Summit and Editor at Large at Fortune said very simply in her panel, “Women are so interesting.” She shared a story of how she secured a new role at Time Inc. Having been at the company almost three decades even Sellers was nervous to ask for “more” at Time. She said even she thought that by asking for more she might “get fired.” She then added that this was “such a girl thing.”
All of this is very concerning considering the recent release of Sheryl Sandberg’s new book , Lean In. How can women get to the top when they are still worried about being liked? Do women ever outgrow this?
I’m So Proud of You
Stacy Morrison, former Editor in Chief of Redbook Magazine (and before that Marie Claire and Modern Bride) currently serves as the Editor in Chief of BlogHer.com.
Morrison was my mentor for the one-on-one sessions during the BlogHer conference.
When I asked her what she would tell the younger version of herself, her answer was, “I’m so proud of you that you have balls like that!”
She added, “When you’re young you’re just thinking about how awesome your life will be. I still feel optimistic, but what’s different is I’ve been digged. It creates a different kind of focus and wisdom. It’s more complicated and it makes it real.”
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