Passion and courage
Women's leadership summit provides insight, inspiration
An estimated 350 women were encouraged to face their fears, not be afraid to fail and learn from their mistakes. They were also warned about other individuals who may attempt to bring them down — and more often than not, it may be a female counterpart, according to Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, who spoke during the opening ceremony of the event at Nashua Community College.
"Don't be that woman, and don't be afraid of that woman," she said, reminding those in attendance that they can succeed in spite of them.
"You have the courage to say, 'I can do that much more,' " said Lozeau. Whether it is getting the kids to school on time, finishing the laundry, running errands, keeping a marriage strong, volunteering and of course holding full-time jobs, Lozeau said it is important to learn from other remarkable women also trying to manage it all.
Kicking off the festivities with a motivational speech about courage, and even a little dancing to Donna Loren's "We Are Woman," Beerel held up a nearly 800-page book on leadership theories and practices.
"Why do leaders need courage? Courage is the ability to act despite our fears," she said, stressing good leaders must be courageous enough to face the fear of being humiliated, alone or unpopular.
While receiving messages of courage on Friday, female professionals received lectures on various ways to improve their success, including workshops on communicating effectively, fostering leadership, guiding careers, de-escalating tense encounters, creating a dynamic personal brand and more.
"I really like the theme and the message of today's event," said Janelle Travers of Concord, a trust administrator at Cambridge Trust Company in Concord. "This is such a really good topic."
Jennifer Jones, also of Concord, agreed. Jones attended the summit as an employee at Merchants Automotive.
Some of the keynote speakers included Jessica Jackley, a social entrepreneur, Chris Grumm, president of the Women's Funding Network, and Liz Walker, a television journalist and humanitarian.
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