17 March 2009
BPW International President's Seminar
Congratulations Liz Benham on a successful first BPW International President's Seminar. I went to learn and share and my expectations were exceeded. From presentations, best practice discussions, and region reports to connecting, sharing and laughing, it was well worth the journey to New York.
I was too wrapped up in listening to Dr. Antoinette Rüegg's presentation on Emotional Intelligence to catch it on film. I will do my best to follow her sage words "not by teaching but by changing self" in order to create change. Lead by example and hope that we can encourage others to reverse the pattern of "women do not invest in women."
Jean Murray's presentation on Good Governance was quite poignant as we begin the early stages of BPW Malmö. I look forward to passing this wisdom on to my board and the members who will eventually take our place. These things are critical foundations that will help us build and grow as a sustainable organisation well into the future.
Understanding the significance of the relationship we at BPW have with international organisations, particularly the United Nations and the Commission on the Status of Women, was significant. Having a voice is empowering, using it is powerful. Thank you Freda Miriklis for providing further clarity.
Gabriella Canonica provided great information on the plans for membership and retention. We will do our best to bring in the quality membership in Öresund that inspires active participation. I agree we must engage our members to feel the desire to share at least 1+1. (Sorry I missed photo opp, I was busy listening again.)
The Young BPW Chair, Nadia Munawar, presented some current projects and goals for YBPW. The AEISEC project for cross-cultural training opportunities in Pakistan looked particularly promising. I am sure we will see great things happen during her term.
Thank you all for your wisdom and your passion. You continue to inspire me.