Women in CT Hosts All-Star Lineup at CE Week
- Advice on how to advance in consumer tech industry
- Road map for women on how to achieve career goals
- Keynote by Gail Sheehy, NYT bestselling author, journalist and lecturer
The Women in Consumer Technology Forum kicked off CE WEEK in NYC in formidable style. Eighty-five attendees were given concrete ideas, inspiration and step-by-step methods on how to achieve advancement in the Consumer Technology Industry.
The day long, fifth annual Forum entitled, “Design Your Life: A Road-map to Success Amid Change,” was just that, a road map for women on how to achieve their career goals.
This year’s Opening Keynote Speaker was The New York Times Bestselling author, journalist, and popular lecturer, Gail Sheehy. In her 50 years as a writer she is the embodiment of this year’s forum theme, having interviewed thousands of women and men and written 17 books. Starting with her 1976 book Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by a Library of Congress survey.
Gail had the crowd riveted as she described how, in a male dominated industry, she reached the top. She included stories of being on the campaign trail with Bobby Kennedy and meeting Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Sheehy hopes it inspires young women to dream big, take risks, outlive the early failures and build toward success with meaning and social purpose by midlife.
The hands-on interactive day also featured Sam Horn, who has presented at TEDxNASA on how to facilitate what is most meaningful in your life with a step-by-step plan. Kendra Thomas, Head of Global Diversity for Pearson presented the scientifically based, leveraging Gender Intelligence to Transform Cultures. A course both men and women should attend to be able to achieve greater business and life success together.
Deena Ghazarian and Lutron’s Melissa Andresko brought to life the group’s Connect Circle Program. The breakout sessions were indicative of how powerful the Group’s monthly meetings are in the real world. And award-winning journalist Andrea Smith and Mother-daughter team Karyn Schoenbart, Pres.& COO, The NPD Group and Danielle Sporkin, SVP at Essence, a digital media agency, shared generational experiences in how to use best practices for today’s business world.
To find out more about the educational and energizing Women in Consumer Technology go to www. WomenInConsumerTechnology.org.