Ann Olson, CEM | Vice President of Client Relations | GES
I am so excited to share the experience we had at the Signature Women’s Leadership Forum in Leesburg, VA last month. It was an amazing experience, shared by so many great women in the industry. I want to thank the committee members who worked so hard to ensure this event was better than ever. It would not have been possible without you!
The group of over 220 attendees included 100 first-timers who heard about the impact of this event experience from past attendees. Everyone was eager to meet others, hear from our speakers and share in the networking and camaraderie. They were not disappointed!
The event was held at the beautiful Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, surrounded by rolling green hills and some of the first real glimpses of Spring. Monday evening brought a fun networking event followed by an enjoyable reception. Tuesday was a jam-packed day, with four wonderful speakers. Our emcee for the event Janet Sperstad, CMP, spoke about the scientific basis for how women think and lead. Risha Grant joined the group and shared many ideas on inclusion and diversity. Amber Rae shared her experiences with releasing worry to make room for wonder in our lives. After lunch, we brought all of our speakers together for a panel to discuss current issues facing women. Jess Ekstrom finished the day with her story of perseverance, encouraging us to not let failure stop us and reinforcing that failure is a much better alternative than regret. I know my head was filled with new ideas and ways to address challenging areas in our lives. Like always, this was a day that left me feeling recharged and energetic.
I can’t believe the next Regional Women’s Leadership Forum in Chicago, IL is just a few weeks away, on 16 July in Schaumburg. I hope, whether you were or were not able to attend the Leesburg event, that you will consider attending in July. It promises to provide new ideas and great new connections with women in the industry.
Thank you all for attending and sharing this experience. And for those of you who weren’t able to come, I hope you will be able to attend in the future.