Yesterday evening I had the privilege of listening, gorgeous Colette Grand Café cocktail in hand, to four successful, brilliant women speak about their career paths, their tools for addressing sexism in the workplace and their very sage advice for life, work and the pursuit of happiness. Here are just a few nuggets from the evening.
Sandra Pierce, VP Portfolio Manager at RBC Wealth Management, who was wearing a Chanel broach that said “Feministe mais Feminine”, spoke about giving yourself permission to claim and share (re: brag a little, ladies) your accomplishments. Her favourite quote comes from the unexpected poet, Kid Rock: “it’s not bragging motherfucker, if you can back it up”. I texted this to my best friend immediately because most of us gals could use the reminder to brag just a little.
Mary Jean Tully, founder of Tully Luxury Travel the number one luxury travel company globally, has more hutzpah in her little finger than…well, there is no comparative. Funny, personable and completely dedicated to her employees, Mary Jean impressed upon us the importance of investing in and taking care of the people around you.
Have you heard of Easy Period? Imagine a beautiful little box delivered to your door once a month with organic period supplies and (of course!) fair trade chocolate. Perfect, right? Alyssa Bertram, founded Easy Period to give all us ladies the gift of healthy, easy period supplies and 5% of the proceeds go to Zana Africa, a foundation working in Kenya to keep girls in school by offering reproductive health education and access to feminine hygiene products. Alyssa’s story was a beautiful example of just going for it: finding a passion, working from the heart and making it happen.
And finally, my personal favourite advice came from Jody Kovitz, CEO of Acetech (who also shared my new favourite term: portfolio career…is there a better way to describe those of us with multiple passions?). This lady, who has incredible energy, has been through the life-altering process of having a gravely ill child. Her sage advice: know your story and tell it well.
Simple, oh so true and exactly what we do here at Peace Flag House – help you know your story and tell your story. Because the trick to sharing your good work with the world is telling your story.