Energy. That’s the word that keeps coming to my mind when I think about our first Women’s Economic Development Network Leadership Forum. The dynamic presenters, sharing of experiences, and networking created an energy that has stayed with us.
The foundation of the forum was high caliber presentations. The negotiation panel kicked off the morning. Four attorneys shared lessons learned and negotiation strategies for a wide range of situations. The presentation on targeted marketing offered tips for lead generation, prospecting, and follow up using in-house staff or outside expertise. Jenny Maxwell from The Buckley School of Public Speaking taught even the experienced in the crowd a few tricks. Who knew that standing to the audience’s left offers the speaker an advantage? Over lunch, Casey Steinbucher made us laugh while we learned why “coolness” matters. The career advancement presentation offered advice on resumes, interviews, salary negotiations, and job changes. The day wrapped up with a panel on leadership. Practitioners discussed the delicate balancing act of leading a board. The day was full of tips we could immediately implement.
The survey responses of participants were clear – they want to do this again. We will. Creative EDC is committed to sponsoring WEDN as one of our growing number of nonprofit ventures.
At the forum, thanks to Sanford Holshouser Law Firm, we gave every participant a copy of Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie. Each of us can make a difference in our profession, community, church, and family by starting things that matter. When we were brewing the idea of WEDN, we wanted to start something that matters – a way for women to connect. We believe we did. Find your passionate project and go!
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