Thanks to all who participated in our post-conference survey. Here are comments and a summary of the results.
100 percent said they’d recommend the conference to a colleague or friend
100 percent said the Rosebud Mentor program was a fine demonstration of Black women using the power of their position to advance the next generation.
80 percent said they were very satisfied with their overall experience at the conference. The rest said they were satisfied.
59 percent said they’d be willing to work with LBW to bring your employer on as a corporate sponsor
50 percent said they’d be willing to work on the LBW conference planning committee for 2013.
Which panels/speakers resonated with you the most?
All of the speakers did a great job, but presentations by Madeline Eason, Valorie Burton, and Denise Brooks-Williams were the most beneficial to me. I get the most out of individual presenters that get to the core of delivering what we need to do to enhance our overall professional development. Uplifting messages from the powerful presenters during the meals was the icing on the cake!
There were several workshops on advancing your career in a corporate environment. I found all of those to be helpful, insightful and impactful.
Leadership. In what ways were you called to action?
Thinking more internally about my skills and sharing them by mentoring other young women.
I was truly motivated to raise my status to a position of power.
I am empowered to be the best leader that I can be – Having passion in my chosen career path – Understanding the barriers that can prevent me from achieving my set goals in my career – Importance in balancing your career and family life – It is extremely important to continue to enhance my skill sets in my current role – Leadership from behind: As I excel as a leader I have to remember to pull up the ones behind me and encourage them in their career journey.
“If you’re not at at the table then you’re on the menu.”…..I’ve become more active at pursing opportunities that I WANT to be at the table for.
I’m always reminded of my responsibility to live not just for me, but for others. I see a responsibility for mentee that I was assigned during the conference and have reached out to her to offer full support. I see the plight Black women now as one that needs to be fought for aggressively. We need to prepare a pipeline for those women who are being launched into high profile positions many times without the support of a sponsor.
Provided other women with information from the conference, particularly the Health Equity Quiz which leads to excellent discussion. Will work on the Obama campaign.
My leadership take away was for me to find a mentor and a coach.
To invest more effort into empowering myself.
I have always been aware that managing my career is my responsibility but I was awakened to be a better steward of my responsibility and to actively seek to progress upward based on my tenacity and skill in working my networks and the job market to reach my career goals.
I really enjoyed the discussion regarding health care disparities and how to live life healthier as well as how important it is to understand how to navigate the hospital system to ensure you’re receiving quality care.
Would you like the 2013 conference to be at a resort location or in a major metropolitan area?
Most of you (67 percent) said you would like the 2013 conference to be held at a resort location
Panels and speakers you’d like to see at future conferences
Ursula Burns of Xerox, the only Black female CEO of the Fortune 500
I’d like to see more individualized teaching as opposed to panels.
Mid-management discussion; starting your own business; multi-tasking as a working woman
Michelle Obama; health issues with African American women.
More statistical work like that presented by Dr. Livingston on Black women and then practical ways to change negative statistics.
I like to hear more about women who’ve risen to the top but have fallen and then got back up. Those omen who have rebranded themselves. Like the runner who lost her Olympic medals Marion Anderson.
Would love a forum for aspiring writers to attend since I met a lot of those at the last conference.
A continued focus on Coaching and Mentoring, Black Women and Our Health Concerns, for those seeking career changes what’s new.
I would like to see the economic divide addressed at a future event. Specifically addressing the erosion of Middle Class America and how or what Black women in leadership are doing or can do to address this issue.
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