Last night, I attended the third annual Women Leading Women event at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The keynote speaker was Brenda Freeman, Global Head of Television Marketing for Dreamworks Animation. Prior to that she was the chief marketing officer of the Cartoon Network. The event was set-up in an informal Q&A format, moderated by Vice Dean Joyce Russell.
Like me, Freeman is a double Terp! She has her undergraduate degree in engineering from the A. James Clark School of Engineering (’87) and her MBA from the Smith School (’91).
The event was sold-out, nearly filling the 250-seat Frank Auditorium in Van Munching Hall. I was able to catch up with a bunch of Smith EMBA alumni friends and also meet many new people. And I always love to support my EMBA executive coach, Joyce Russell!
Whenever I go to this event, surrounded by hundreds of women, I’m almost overcome with emotion. All of these women are just like me! Listening to the opening music that sets the energetic tone for the event, I felt excited and proud to be a business women and a #WomanLeader. As the event goes on and the energy builds, your confidence builds and you feel so encouraged and ready to take on the world! I feel like it’s a major catalyst for positive change. I came away from the event with dozens of ideas on how to improve my work life and my personal life.
I was live tweeting the event… here are some of my favorite tweets and words of advice from @AArford. I was also tweeting @SmithSchool.
You never feel like you’re giving enough time to the stakeholders in your life. Let it go. Enjoy the ride. You only get one. #womenleaders
“My level of expectation of what’s perfect has changed over the years” – Brenda Freeman on balance #womenleaders
Show signals of balance for employees – leaders set the workplace tone #womenleaders
Even subtle body language can signal whether or not you are ready to take the next career step. #womenleaders