Last night, Abbie and I had the opportunity to be a part of the Phoenix Business Journal’s 10th Annual “Women in Business” Celebration.
A little music video of the night’s events is available here.
The event had a very cool feature last night where the Phoenix Business Journal’s own Don Henninger and Ilana Lowery asked each of the honorees a “grab bag” question on the spot as they accepted their awards.
In addition to all of the fabulous information above, in honor of Coral and Stella, today’s official “What is…” Wednesday is my take on “What is it to be a Woman in Business?”
To me, it isn’t about being a woman in business at all. It’s actually about NOT being seen as a woman in business someday. One of the honorees last night made it a point to talk about how her parents raised her to purposely never think she couldn’t do anything a man could do – mine did the same.
While I stand behind any celebration of women, I am also excited for the day when things like Katie Couric being named the first female evening news anchor without a co-anchor isn’t news at all. I’m done with firsts for women – bring on the 50th’s 100th’s and million milestones!
I (and Abbie agrees) also think that when things are equal that maybe there should be a “Men in Business” celebration as well. This hit me last night as I listened to so many honorees talk about the men and women who helped them get to where they are today. If I was up on that stage last night, I would be remiss if not thanking my male coaches, sponsors and mentors – of which there are many just as with the women in my life – as well.