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Speakers at Simmons Leadership Conference offer tips on career success for women

Posted by Anne Steele  April 1, 2013 01:54 PM

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Below speakers from the 2013 Simmons Leadership Conferencethe longest running women’s leadership forum in the country offer tips on careers and success. The Simmons Leadership Conference annually attracts a global audience of more than 3,000 business and professional women at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston. You can follow the conference live on Twitter @SimmonsLeads and #SLC13.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve gotten along the way?

 

“It is about the work. If you work hard the rest will take care of itself.”

–Judy Smith, crisis management expert, author, and inspiration for the ABC show “Scandal”

 

“Always remember to say thank you, [and] never quit a job because of an individual. Always make sure you are ‘running to’, not ‘running from’ when making a career move.”

–Kelly McDonald, multicultural marketing and business trends expert

 

When you need a relationship, it’s too late to build it. Time and again, taking the time to build relationships before I needed them has paid dividends.” 

–Lois Frankel, entrepreneur, corporate business coach, and bestselling author on women’s leadership

 

“People espouse a lot of secrets to success, but I haven’t found anything that works better than a great deal of hard work. I have found that there seems to be a high correlation between hard work and luck.”

Sallie Krawcheck, former top Wall Street banker and research analyst

 

Not to be afraid to make mistakes and to take risks. My father, a self-made man, passed on so many lifesaving lessons. Another is to always look at the opportunities in times of crisis rather than looking at it as a tragedy.”

Josie Natori, fashion innovator and entrepreneur

“Your gifts will bring you home,” and “Do the Best with what you have” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_9zejtauy4

Victoria Labalme, creative communications expert and coach

How do you think women can support other women on their path to success?

 

“It gets back to recognizing that the work/life choices are highly personal. Just because others make different choices is in no way a reflection upon my choices, or vice versa. Each woman is different, each work situation is different, each family is different. And thus the definition of success in navigating this can be different.”

 –Sallie Krawcheck, former top Wall Street banker and research analyst

 

“There is a lot that we can do to support one another and the first thing we can do is simply show up for one another! Also, I think it helps tremendously to share not only our successes but also our failures with one another in order for us to grow and truly learn from one another.”

–Judy Smith, crisis management expert, author, and inspiration for the ABC show “Scandal”

 

“Make sure that every step you move ahead, you also reach out and hold the door open for the woman who is coming up behind you!”

–Terry Savage, personal finance expert, syndicated columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and commentator for MoneyShow.com

 

What woman in business, current or former, do you most admire? What has she taught you?

 

“The late Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. She believed that you should treat everyone with whom you interact as if they are wearing a sign that says, ‘make me feel important.’ I have put all of these lessons to work in my own enterprise and they have paid off exponentially.”

–Lois Frankel, entrepreneur, corporate business coach, and bestselling author on women’s leadership

 

“My late grandmother, Esther Krawcheck. She taught me to go ‘full steam ahead’ in the direction I chose, regardless of the conventional wisdom or the opinions of the chattering classes. We each need to define what success means for ourselves (and it can be different for everyone) and be confident in pursuing it.”

–Sallie Krawcheck, former top Wall Street banker and research analyst

Any tips for work/life balance?

“When you love what you do, this is not so much an issue. However, I believe in having space and down time. For me it is sleeping, having a massage, and shopping! And for sure being on the piano is my ultimate escape.”

Josie Natori, fashion innovator and entrepreneur

 

“Many, many years ago, when everyone was seeking balance, I gave a speech to a group of executive women. I called it “two out of three.” The idea is that there are three aspects to your life if you are married and have children and are seeking balance. There is work, and there is motherhood, and there is your relationship with your spouse or significant other. And on any one day, you can only do well in two out of three! On days when you’ve done a great job at work, and helped your kids with homework, you will never feel like putting on the sexy underwear for your husband! So be realistic and accept that you can’t do everything all the time.”

–Terry Savage, personal finance expert, syndicated columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and commentator for MoneyShow.com

 

“Be present” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53pFGRvYIA4

Victoria Labalme, creative communications expert and coach

 

One of the greatest impediments to a more balanced life is striving for perfection. Once you understand you will never be perfect and shouldn’t even try to be, you have more time to do the things you really want to do.”

–Lois Frankel, entrepreneur, corporate business coach, and bestselling author on women’s leadership

 

What do you like most about your job?

 

“What’s fascinating to me is that no matter how different businesses are, they usually share the same challenges. It seems like efficiency, communication, customer service, and recruiting and retention of talent are universal issues, no matter what business you’re in.”

–Kelly McDonald, multicultural marketing and business trends expert

 

“I love being able to create products that make women feel good. In my line of work it is so important to use both my left and right brains and that is something I cherish. I love that nothing is ever the same and that one can start with a blank canvas every season and create something new.”

–Josie Natori, fashion innovator and entrepreneur

For more than 20 years, I have been privileged to work with Fortune 500 corporations, leading politicians as well as celebrities on developing strategies to help them navigate crises both big and small and what I like best about this job is it gives me an opportunity to help people.  

–Judy Smith, crisis management expert, author, and inspiration for the ABC show “Scandal”

 

How did you get started in your career?

“By taking risks and doing things outside my comfort zone.” 

–Lois Frankel, entrepreneur, corporate business coach, and bestselling author on women’s leadership

 

“It started when I was a kid….”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xueqRrJkSyc

–Victoria Labalme, creative communications expert and coach

 

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and whom would you take?

Japan, in March, with my daughter! And so that is exactly what we are doing.

–Sallie Krawcheck, former top Wall Street banker and research analyst

 

“Africa. With my husband. Doing a safari is on my bucket list.”

–Kelly McDonald, multicultural marketing and business trends expert

 

If you could dine with anyone, past or present, with whom would you dine and what would you order?

“Gloria Steinem…What would I order?  A lot of wine, of course.”

–Sallie Krawcheck, former top Wall Street banker and research analyst

 

Do you have a favorite quote?

 

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

–Judy Smith, crisis management expert, author, and inspiration for the ABC show “Scandal”

 

“My Dad always had a little note taped to his car dash -- It said ‘Success is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do!’ I think that meant that you have to put your all into everything you do, and that's what really defines success. It's all about attitude. My grandmother's motto helps me most, though: She always used to say: ‘In my service to others, I find a cure for my own ills.’ And on the days when things are upsetting in my life, I always take time out to help a reader with a problem. As I get involved in that, I find my own concerns diminishing – and if I can be of help to others it really makes my day! My grandmother was right. Try it sometime!”

–Terry Savage, personal finance expert, syndicated columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and commentator for MoneyShow.com

 

“From Napoleon Hill: Everyone moment of adversity, failure and heartache carries with the seed of an equal or greater benefit”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mei_iZEhUwo

Victoria Labalme, creative communications expert and coach

 

Was there a mentor who made a difference in your career, and can you share his/her guidance?

My Lola Naga (grandmother). She was a very strong-willed woman who taught be how to gain my independence. In the Filipino culture women are encouraged to be entrepreneurs; my grandmother always said, “Don’t put yourself in a position where you have to depend on anyone.” Another mentor was my piano professor, Madame Olga Stroumillo. She taught me that everything in life connects in the same way, just like how every finger has to connect playing the piano to make beautiful sounds.

–Josie Natori, fashion innovator and entrepreneur

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