“If women are going to lead in business, they’re going to have to lead themselves”. Said Hoda Kotb (NBC host and bestselling author) who gave the opening keynote speech at the WICT Leadership Conference in New York at the end of September. This was not her saying that there’s no support to help women progress their careers. However she was making a point about how we have to take ownership of our own progression.
Approximately 800 women and a few brave men attended the conference. It was amazing to be in the presence of so many talented, professional women all striving to make a difference and succeed in our amazing industry. As I joined various breakout sessions and a Chapter leaders group I was struck again by the importance of having a diverse group of people contributing to an agenda. Indeed I lead a WICT UK board made up of 13 women plus myself and it’s a great development opportunity managing an agenda where everyone is super passionate and wants to contribute! So ask yourself what development opportunity can I find this month and what am I going to do to lead myself to lead in business.
Halloween is almost upon us… and then the Christmas decorations will be in the shops. Make sure you’re holding the 8th December for our WICT Christmas event hosted by Virgin Media.
Huge thank you to all who made it to our September event, Leadership – Sharing the Vision, during which our panel of top media executives shared the advantages and challenges of being a leader and their secret recipes for leadership success. In case you missed it, here are some of the key messages our speakers had to share.
- Honor Pollock, on the recruitment differences between men and women, said that whilst she finds that men are often much more apt to promoting themselves in a work environment than their female counterparts. Men often give a much more defined view or who they are, their strengths in the workplace and how they want to develop their career. She advised to the room that women often need to work on their self-promotion and not be afraid to put themselves forward and shout about their strengths.
- Michelle Russo’s key piece of advice was to be fearless and always have the confidence to pursue your goals and ask for help. She has the view that to be a leader you should chase a title but instead a career, if you are passionate about what you do then others will want to follow, and that is the key quality of a great leader.
- Phillip Luff told the room that that if he could go back in time and warn his younger self it would be to ‘slow down and look where you are going’ both physically and mentally. After being involved in an accident while crossing the road he confessed that he was in a place in his life where he was just speeding ahead without thinking, after the accident he made sure he never rushed again and set his career at a pace that he was comfortable with and in control of.
See you all at our upcoming Christmas networking event, Tuesday 8 December. More details to follow shortly.