I had the pleasure of attending last week’s Phoenix Business Journal’s Dynamic Women in Business event. HMA not only had a couple clients, Susan de Queljoe from the Girl Scouts and Joyce Grossman from Arizona Association for Economic Development, receiving the honor, but another client Nicole Stanton, office managing partner at Quarles & Brady, was the keynote speaker.
Nicole’s speech was centered on some of the themes in Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In. What stood out for me in her comments was the recognition that we succeed with the help and encouragement of others and that the concept of “having it all” is really a myth. Recognizing that and
working within it, makes all the difference.
Don Henninger, publisher of the paper, made brief introductions and Ilana Lowrey conducted the question/answer session. Each honoree selected a question from the bowl – each one having something to do with leadership, mentoring or goal-setting. The honorees knew what the questions were in advance but of course did not know which they would select.
The ballroom was filled with the family, friends and colleagues of the honorees.
Smart, thought-provoking, humble, inspiring, funny, inclusive, energetic, succinct – no matter what the question, each answer could be described by anyone of these adjectives.
Definition of dynamic? I should say so.