LIVE Blog from Generation W 2017

Here we go!  Keep checking this space for updated quotes and images from Generation W 2017–beginning 8:00 AM EST, March 31st!

 

Opening Remarks

Donna Orender, Founder. Generation W
 
We are an audience of risk takers, ready to be inspired!  Thanks for truly setting the stage for a day of imagination, innovation, and inspiration!

“Push for what’s next”–Donna Orender, Founder. Generation W

“Imagination: The ability to form new ideas”–Donna Orender, Founder. Generation W

“The change in perspective is worth working for”–Donna Orender, Founder. Generation W

“I want to use my voice for those who have been silenced by hurt and pain”–Lakesha Burton

“I’m a young woman and I’ve grown up with Generation W”–Amanda Mickelson

“GenW has been my secret weapon”–Amanda Mickelson

“My womanhood makes me strong”–Amanda Mickelson
 
 

A Cherry on Top: Lessons in Leadership

Joyce Russell, President, Adecco Staffing US
 

Joyce begins moving us to action at the beginning of her talk:  “People need our leadership now more than ever.”

What is a “cherry on top”?  Doing something just a little bit better.  An unexpected kindness (love this definition, btw!).  Here’s how you make it happen:

  • Immerse yourself in the business
  • Focus on your job/role and do it exceptionally well
  • To be part of the 1%, you must be prepared to do what the 99% won’t do
  • Demonstrate the ability to bring people along with you
  • Differentiate yourself as a leader
  • Have your replacement ready to go

Being a leader is a two-way street. People want to feel like their voices are heard.  We love the analogy of seeing it as a ping pong match.

Great line:  Deciding and doing something are two very different things.

Think of life in 10 minutes, 10 months, 10 years.  What you do in 10 minutes–how will it look to you in 10 months?  In 10 years?

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” —Nelson Henderson.
 
 

On the Pulse

Dr. Elana Schrader, Chief Medical Officer, Florida Blue; Pat Geraghty, Chief Executive Officer, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation; Nina Tandon, CEO, and Co-Founder, EpiBone; Gabriela Perez, Partner, NextGen Venture Partners; Dr. Charles Bruce, Cardiologist, MAYO Clinic; 
Moderated by John Matthews, Principal, KPMG Strategy
 

“Everyone in our country should be covered for healthcare”–Pat Geraghty, Chief Executive Officer, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation

“We are just starting to see the beginning of where we are going in the healthcare space.”–Pat Geraghty, Chief Executive Officer, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation

“Women make the decisions in healthcare.”–Pat Geraghty, Chief Executive Officer, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation

“Patient-centered health will revolutionize the healthcare system”–Pat Geraghty, Chief Executive Officer, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation

“It is our job, it is your job, to advocate for what you need…in this very confusing healthcare marketplace”–Dr. Elana Schrader, Chief Medical Officer, Florida Blue

“If technology has given us the Internet of things, regenerative medicine has given us living things.”–Nina Tandon, CEO, nd Co-Founder, EpiBone

“You should be bold, you should be empowered, but you also should be educated.”–Dr. Charles Bruce, Cardiologist, MAYO Clinic

“As scientists, we are public servants”–Nina Tandon, CEO, and Co-Founder, EpiBone

“We are regeneration embodied … The cells are doing all the work, and those cells live in our own bodies.”–Nina Tandon, CEO and Co-Founder, EpiBone
 
 

Back from break with these inspiring words from Donte Palmer: “Superman ain’t half a man as you women. The strength of a woman is courage”
 
 

Unleashing Potential and Power

Kara Ross, Founder, and CEO, Unleashed
 

“Facts are boring — it’s the stories that make people who they are today.”–Kara Ross, Founder, and CEO, Unleashed

“The impoverishment of opportunity is worse than poverty itself”–Kara Ross, Founder, and CEO, Unleashed

“There will always be naysayers, but be resilient! Don’t take no for an answer. Say YES to opportunities, don’t shy away.”–Kara Ross, Founder and CEO, Unleashed
 
 

Stressed vs Stressed Out: The Paradox of Pressure

Dr. Heidi Hanna, CEO, Synergy
 

“You see the world through how you feel.”–Dr. Heidi Hanna, CEO, Synergy

“Our experience of life is determined by how you feel in the world.” -Dr. Heidi Hanna, CEO, Synergy

“Stress as stimulus for change. Your experience of life is determined by the lens through which you see the world.”–Dr. Heidi Hanna, CEO, Synergy

“Typical male stress response: fight or flight. Typical women response: tend and befriend”–Dr. Heidi Hanna, CEO, Synergy

Great thought for the day: “You will not get it all done today. Deal with it.”–Dr. Heidi Hanna, CEO, Synergy

“Time without energy is void of value. Take charge of your monkey mind.”–Dr. Heidi Hanna, CEO, Synergy

Thanks for sharing this great video, Dr. Hanna!
 

 

Allow the IMpossible

Dr. Olenda Johnson, Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development, U.S. Naval War College
 

“Allow for the impossible in your life.”–Dr. Olenda Johnson, Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development, U.S. Naval War College

“My difference is my advantage.”–Dr. Olenda Johnson, Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development, U.S. Naval War College

“If I’m in the room, it’s because I belong there.” –Dr. Olenda Johnson, Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development, U.S. Naval War College

“Leading = Serving” –Dr. Olenda Johnson, Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development, U.S. Naval War College

“The very thing you enjoy the most is what you were placed on this earth to do”–Dr. Olenda Johnson, Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development, U.S. Naval War College

“We must recognize we stand on the shoulders of others.”—-Dr. Olenda Johnson, Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development, U.S. Naval War College
 
 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS–We’ll be back soon!

 
 

Choose Joy

Betsy Nilan, President, Get In Touch Foundation
 
“Let’s talk about what I like to say is the pink elephant in the room: my hair. I died my hair pink because of my mom”–Betsy Nilan, President, Get In Touch Foundation

“This past year, hurting so bad but living so good.” –Betsy Nilan, President, Get In Touch Foundation

“Find a way to choose joy every single year.”–Betsy Nilan, President, Get In Touch Foundation
 
 

Where Does The Truth…LIE?

Jonathan Miller, former CEO, News Corp and America Online; 
Shelley Brindle, Principal, Brindle and Associates, LLC, former Executive Vice President, HBO; 
Christina Norman, CEO of Media Storm; Moderated by Lisa Shalett, former Head of Brand Marketing & Digital Strategy, Goldman Sachs
 

“The truth is a story we tell about ourselves.”

“Be thoughtful about what you share.”–Lisa Shalett, former Head of Brand Marketing & Digital Strategy, Goldman Sachs

“Seek out diverse opinions.  I don’t know what I don’t know–push yourself and not be so strident on our self-righteous.”–Christina Norman, CEO of Media Storm

“Evaluate your feed every so often as if you’re someone else. What does your feed say about you? -Lisa Shalett, former Head of Brand Marketing & Digital Strategy, Goldman Sachs
 
 

Math, Science & Space–Oh Girl! The Magic of WOWsom!

Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA; Amber Yang, Physics Phenom, Trinity Preparatory School
Taylor Richardson, Astronaut StarBright, The Bolles School; Moderated by Melanie Lawson, Reporter/Anchor, WJXT
 
“I encourage you to be a “differentist”–take a risk, challenge yourself.”–Amber Yang, Physics Phenom, Trinity Preparatory School

“Encourage the next generation of young children to pursue their interests”–Amber Yang, Physics Phenom, Trinity Preparatory School

“Not only are we the only women in the room, it’s our opportunity to bring our creativity and innovation to the room.”–Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA

“We can never let anyone else shape our opinion of ourselves–you determine you will be.”–Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA

“Imposter syndrome: No one can tell you who you are but YOU.” –Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA

“Fear is not a word–it’s an acronym: False Evidence Appearing Real”–Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA

“We need more girls in STEM now”–Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA

“I really don’t have patience for women who don’t support other women.”–Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments, NASA

 
 

No Bones About It

Nina Tandon, CEO and Co-Founder, EpiBone
 
“The generosity of spirit that abounds”–perfect definition of Generation W, Nina Tandon!

“If, in the past, we were like mechanics. Now, in the best medicine, we will be like gardeners.” –Nina Tandon, CEO and Co-Founder

“I love you guys, this is such a great conference”–Nina Tandon, CEO and Co-Founder

“We are women supporting women–I want to see this continue. Women should be half of all companies, don’t you think?”–Nina Tandon, CEO and Co-Founder

“This not just about medicine anymore–architecture, food, fashion are using the same principles, using biology as a design tool.”  –Nina Tandon, CEO and Co-Founder

“Let’s make the third revolution about life.”—-Nina Tandon, CEO and Co-Founder

 
 

Find Your Roar

Ita Ekpoudom, CEO, Tigress Ventures
 
“You can learn a lot about people by their three favorite quote”–Ita Ekpoudom, CEO, Tigress Ventures (she also shared Olenda’s three favorite quotes!)

“Make it matter”–General Martin Dempsey  (one of Ita’s favorite quotes)

“That’s why I take so many photos–I like to know that I exist.”–Ita Ekpoudom, CEO, Tigress Ventures

“Be the change you wish to see”–Gandhi (Ita’s #2 favorite quote)

“Everybody just wants to be heard.  Validate them. I see you. I hear you. And what you say matters to me.”–Oprah Winfrey (Ita’s #3 favorite quote)

“Make the change – happiness needs to take precedence.”–Ita Ekpoudom, CEO, Tigress Ventures

Send her your 60-second story!

 
 

The Changing Face of Law Enforcement: Women In Blue

Michelle Cook, Director of Patrol and Enforcement, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office; Sadie Darnell, Sheriff, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office; 
Annmarie Cardona, Major, North Miami Police Department; Vera Bumpers, Chief, Houston METRO Police Department; Moderated by Kelly Wallace, Digital Correspondent, CNN
 

“Police work is the ultimate social work you have the ability to change lives, you have the ability to help people.”–Michelle Cook, Director of Patrol and Enforcement, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

“[Women] are able to handle it with grace and dignity.”–Vera Bumpers, Chief, Houston METRO Police Department

“Imagine in the late 1970s, going into the profession of law enforcement, I was not at all wanted. They were disappointed to have you on their shift. They would not back me. They were clearly trying to get me to quit. It was the male black officers and one black female who started to back me up.  They had gone through what I was going through. I’d never felt it before.  It has changed me, in a good way. I did not give up.  I wanted to do the work.  That’s all I wanted to do.”–Annmarie Cardona, Major, North Miami Police Department

“Seeing the group of women here, I would start over again in a heartbeat.  You can make such a difference.”–Annmarie Cardona, Major, North Miami Police Department

“We have to do more of what we’re doing here today.  Showing that we can do the work.  Your gender does not stop you.”–Annmarie Cardona, Major, North Miami Police Department

“Our work is about people.  People can connect with people.  We’re intuitive, compassionate, capable.  We bring so many skills to this profession.”–Annmarie Cardona, Major, North Miami Police Department

“I don’t think we do a good job of sharing with young women all the opportunities. Perception that they can’t do it, and fear that they can’t do it.”–Michelle Cook, Director of Patrol and Enforcement, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

“I’m here to tell everyone you don’t have to fill the shoes of the man next to you. You have any different assets.  Those are the things you bring to the table. It’s baffling that in the 21st century we’re still dealing with this.  let’s open our minds a little bit.”–Michelle Cook, Director of Patrol and Enforcement, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

“100 pounds of something is better than no pound on nothing!”–Sadie Darnell, Sheriff, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

“What this profession takes is a cool mind, a warm heart, and to trust your gut.  And we should be doing that in our home life, too.”-Sadie Darnell, Sheriff, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

“You don’t let other people validate you.”–Vera Bumpers, Chief, Houston METRO Police Department
 
 

Closing Remarks

“The courage to innovate. Keep it turned on.  We are connected to each other, and that is our true power.  I love you  Generation W.  Thank you!”