Massachusetts Conference for Women- Highlights

    Massachusetts Conference for Women- Highlights

    Posted by Sara Lehmer
    Wed, Dec 13, 2017

          

    I recently had the opportunity to attend the Massachusetts Conference for Women, alongside my peers from Riverbed and Tech Data who sponsored this amazing event. Over 11,000 people (both women and men) gathered for two days of expert led workshops and seminars on topics such as personal finance, business and entrepreneurship, health, work/life balance and more. The experience was uplifting, energizing and incredibly inspiring.

    Here are a few key takeaways from the great leaders that shared their wisdom, written in my own words:

    1. Fear is not an option - no matter where you are in your career,  there's always going to be challenges that arise and moments of fear that creep in.  Embrace fear and lean into that experience. That's what makes you grow. Its also reassurance that you are in the right place. If you are in your comfort zone, there’s not much transformation that is going to happen. Challenge yourself in ways that enable you to look back on your career and be proud of the moments where you took that leap.
    2. But what if I fail? Of course you are going to fail. You're human. But you are also going to succeed. Because you're amazing. When you do fail or 'miss your mark', recognize it (hold yourself accountable), ask yourself what you can learn from that experience and move on - quickly. Gabrielle Bernstein calls this the "comeback rate". Meaning, don't get stuck on focusing on your failures (that's only going to manifest more of them). Instead, how quickly can you restore your thoughts back to a positive state of mind? Each day is an opportunity to start over again. Over the course of my career, I've 'missed the mark' on more occasions than I'd like to admit. However some of these "failures" have become my greatest lessons.
    3. Define Your Experience - this lesson has taken me many years to understand the meaning and it's something that I need to constantly remind myself of. Everyone has their own past experiences, their own agendas, their own emotions - and in today's digital workforce, the number of social interactions we have on daily basis can be overwhelming. Don't let the projections of others define your experience. Remember, you are in the driver’s seat...so enjoy the ride {whatever that means to you}.

    Following the conference, Riverbed hosted a networking reception for their business partners. We drank wine and ate cheese, laughed, shared ideas and connected with one another. I was reminded how important it is to step away from your daily routine and push your own boundaries for growth - both personally and professionally. Thank you Riverbed / Tech Data for your partnership and making this possible!

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    Sara Lehmer
    Marketing Director
    slehmer@focustsi.com

    Written by Sara Lehmer

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