Being apart of Intern Queen allowed me to attend this years George Washington Women in Business Conference. I accepted the invitation days before the event and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I haven’t been to DC since my middle school days, so at the very least it seemed like a great opportunity to visit the city.
This event ended up being so much more than I imagined. It was amazing to be able to represent Intern Queen and have everyone keep asking about the company! You should check out Intern Queen! It truly is such a great company that was started by an inspiring women, Lauren Berger!
I’ll be doing an entire blog post about GWWIB for Intern Queen (so look for that!) but I also wanted to share some of my favorite parts with you as well.
Did you know: women only make up 40% of the workforce but contribute to 65% of global spending?
The college’s Dean began the day with a quote I really enjoyed; “Who better to invest in women, than women?” Although, both the panels and guests were not made up of entirely women, it is believed that women should support one another. Shoutout to the guys that were there, though!
The first keynote speaker was Princess Yasmine Pahlavi. I loved her story. Her best advice? No decision is ever right or wrong if you want to make it. Make the decision that will open up more choices for you. If it expands your choices, it’s the right decision. She also said to listen carefully. She believes our calling is already inside of us and we just have to listen. She was married at 17 and had her first daughter at 23. When asked if she would have changed anything about her life, she said absolutely not. “Point a to point b is fiction.” Find your own path and take all of your opportunities that come to you. It will lead to success.
I attended a few panels throughout the day, but the one I looked forward to most was the fashion one. Who would’ve guessed. The best thing I took away from this was a story designer Laura Lee shared. She emphasized the importance of connecting with people and keeping in touch. She had kept in touch with a professor from graduate school over the years. When it came time to launching her handbag collection her graduate professor had a connection for her…the CEO of Coach! They are now networking constantly and great outlets for each other. If that isn’t a prime example to not only be nice to your teachers but keep in touch with everyone you come across, I don’t know what is.
Best advice from Brook’s Brothers’, Lisa Crawford: “Be nice.” You will be remembered for it and it will take you far.
Katherine Boyle, fashion columnist for The Washington Post said: “Show that you’re willing to do the work beneath you, that’s how you move up.” 3 years ago she was a nanny. I’d say she knew how to move up!
Among the women that participated in the fashion panel, were many other inspirational speakers. Other keynote speakers, Bobbie Llyod of Magnolia Bakery (@magnoliabakery) and Alexis Maybank of Gilt Groupe (@giltfounder) were exceptional! I could probably write pages on what I learned yesterday, but I will instead leave you with a few tips I picked up.
I would like to thank the ladies of GWWIB for having me and putting together an excellent day of events!