Reflections on the first Know Your Value Conference

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Diane Smith, co-organizer of the first Know Your Value conference that took place in Hartford, CT last week shares her reflections on the event in this exclusive post for Women In Web!

Know Your Value really was a great event.  We sold out and had a waiting list….someone commented to me “Next year you’ll need the convention center!” We heard things like “This was so good I can’t believe it was your inaugural,” and “I am already looking forward to next year.” It was very high energy – Mika moderated the entire thing, and was very pumped up. Joe Scarborough came along and was entertaining, too. Gayle King was very funny and people loved her since she worked in CT for a long time.  Rather than give a speech she decided to have a conversation on stage with the Channel 3 anchor who was her “last TV husband in CT.”

We had some fabulous women on the panels — including Melody Barnes who was the senior domestic policy advisor to President Obama and Lisa Hughes – Vice President and Publisher of the New Yorker.

I was on a panel about health and being your best self with Lucy Danziger, former editor in chief of Self magazine. 

We gave away big prizes to random attendees – ranging from a half dozen of the the new TIVO ROAMIO with lifetime service to a work wardrobe from designer Nanette Lepore. 

A number of women told us the swag bag was the best they had ever gotten — we had a specially designed bag stuffed with everything from a JMcLaughlin scarf to Bobbi Brown mascara, Loreal’s new sunscreen, a journal/pen to take notes and much more.

Accenture gave a prize to one woman we had vetted ahead of time. Gladys Mercado was invited to the conference by an administrator at Goodwin Colleges–and had no idea she was getting a prize. She got 20 hours of one on one coaching with top Accenture execs, an IPAD and a $250 gift certificate to Nordstrom to buy a job interview outfit. She is Latina, a single mom of 3 kids, working full time and going to school full time, and when we called her up on stage she was radiant and then burst into tears.   She happens to work for Congressman John Larson from Hartford and he came to the event and joined her on stage to talk about how great she is.

One interesting angle Mika came up with was to give a ten thousand dollar bonus to a deserving woman who had to go up on stage and make a 2 minute pitch on what she would do with the money. The five finalists (chosen from about 300 entries) were each assigned a coach ( I was one of them) and we worked with them on the phone ahead of time, and then in person the day of the  conference. The winner is Darcy Sordo from Clinton CT. Her consignment/resale shop is in Madison. Poppies sells gently used children’s clothing, toys, etc. Her store gives to local charities, and she also is a platform for moms launching products. Darcy was there on stage on Friday after having a heart procedure at Yale New Haven Hospital on Wed. She’s using the 10k to set up website and e-commerce to take it to another level.

The 4 other finalists each got $2K. When one of the women mentioned in her pitch that she would put the money toward her college tuition (first in her family to go to college) a woman from the college who happened to be in the audience  jumped up and grabbed the mic and said they would make sure she got a scholarship!  Totally unexpected but apparently a terrific climax to the day!”

You can watch highlights from the Know Your Value conference here. 

Women in Web’s Weekly Round-up

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A very warm welcome to our weekly round-up.  Here’s what was on Women In Web this week!

Our first Q&A of the week was with Professor Donna Mead, Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales. Professor Mead has had a distinguished career in the fields health and education, and you can read our Q&A with her here.

We also spoke to Carolyn Lawrence, President and CEO of Women of Influence. The organisation recently released a thought provoking white paper entitled, ‘Women Leaders Breaking Through in their Careers.’Click here to read her Q&A.

We were very much inspired by Rebecca Morris’s story that we had to share it! She has recently completed walking around Wales fundraising for Shelter Cymru.  Her story is a must read.

We are also very excited to share details of a forthcoming conference called Know Your Value. The conference will be taking place on Friday May 16th from 11am-4pm at the Marriott Downtown, Hartford, CT, USA, and will feature Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King. We’ll be following the conference and sharing its best bits- for more information click here.

Do you have a story that you’d like to share with us? Get in touch and it could be featured on Women In Web!

This week’s question is: “With the skills and experiences you have gathered to date in your career, do you know what your unique selling point is (USP)?”

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

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Women In Web Weekly Round-Up

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Hope you are having a good May Day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK. Why not grab a cuppa and take a few minutes to catch up with what we have featured on the site this week for you!

The first is an Advice Post from Kim Love, Founder of the LoveLife Program who talks about how to use food to combat anxiety. Check it out here!

We also featured a Q&A with Rathna Sharad, Founder of runway2street.  Rathna combined a love for fashion with years of experience in technology. Check out her Q&A here!

We are also very excited to share details of a forthcoming conference called Know your Value.  The conference will be taking place on Friday May 16th from 11am-4pm at the Marriott Downtown, Hartford, CT, USA, and will feature Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King. We’ll be following the conference and sharing its best bits- for more information click here.

Do you have a story that you’d like to share with us? Get in touch and it could be featured on Women In Web!

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

A great video about women (and men!) redefining leadership: http://ow.ly/wpJNX

5 tips for improving your personal brand online http://gu.com/p/3zt98/tw

New research shows that women are more stressed than men. What are your thoughts? http://ow.ly/wdqg2

How to create more young female entrepreneurs www.theguardian.com

Enjoy!

Know Your Value Conference- Get your tickets!

Screenshot 2014-04-29 20.32.14The book ‘Know Your Value’ by Mika Brzezinski is one of the most inspirational and practical books that I’ve read, and I’m so excited to share with you details about the first Annual ‘Know Your Value’ conference for women!

The conference will be taking place on Friday May 16th from 11am-4pm at the Marriott Downtown, Hartford, CT, and will feature its brainchild, Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King, host of CBS This Morning. These two amazing women will be ‘back home’ in Hartford to share their experiences with success and lead a conversation for audience members to change their own lives.

One lucky woman will win ten thousand dollars as a bonus to start a business, get back into the work force, or just reward herself for doing a great job at work. Four others will win two thousand dollars.

There will be a chance to network with over 500 of the region’s most influential and interesting women, and hear from some fantastic panelists. Those confirmed include:

  • Lucy Danziger, well-being life expert and former editor-in-chief of SELF magazine
  • Lisa Hughes, vice president and publisher of The New Yorker
  • Melody Barnes, CEO of Melody Barnes Solutions LLC, and former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Lisa Hughes, Lucy Danziger and Melody Barnes

Lisa Hughes, Lucy Danziger and Melody Barnes

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Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King

The conference will feature presentations by Mika Brzezinski and Gayle King, two panel discussions with high-profile executives and experts, moderated by Diane Smith and Duby McDowell, lunch and networking opportunities.

Registration is $160 per individual and there are sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for further details.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from and meet with some of the country’s most accomplished and groundbreaking women, and to really make a difference in knowing your value and implementing it! Don’t miss out!

Follow Know Your Value CT on Twitter and Facebook!

Women In Web Weekly Round-Up

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Happy Weekend! Refresh and recharge this weekend, but also be up to date with our weekly round-up!

We featured two great Q&As this week. The first, from Broadcast Ready Editor Kerry Hopkins profiles her time at the BBC and ITV and tells us about Broadcast Ready’s mission to get more women on the news. Check it out here!

We also have a fantastic guest post from Theresa Zagnoli who provides her top tips for asking for a raise. If you’re thinking about asking your boss for a raise you do not want to miss this post!

Do you have a story that you’d like to share with us? Get in touch and your story could be featured on Women In Web!

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

The Women of the Time 100 list

The Thrive conference-highlights and further information

EMILY’s List gives Stacy Abrams the first Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award 

The #thrive video with Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski that you don’t want to miss!

We’d also like to say a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the amazing Tina Cassidy who completed her first Boston Marathon this week! Tina was running in a team in memory of Martin Richards who tragically lost his life in the Boston Marathon bombing last year. You’re such an inspiration!

Women In Web Weekly Round-Up

WEEKLY ROUND UP TEMPIt’s been another remarkable week at Women In Web and we’re working on some thrilling features that we simply cannot wait to share with you!

This week we featured Laurie Burns, Chief Development Officer for Darden Restaurants in our Q&A. Laurie is responsible for all development of some of the most popular restaurants in the USA including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille. Read our interview with her here.

We also had a great guest post from one of our Advocates, Monster. Joanie Courtney, Senior Vice President at Monster shared with us her top tips on the right way to find a job online and maximise your chances of getting hired. If you’re looking for a new job this is one post you won’t want to miss.

Another highlight this week has been our exclusive interview with Mightybell CEO and Co-Founder Gina Bianchini. Mightybell is a fantastic platform for building and developing online communities, and the company announced this week that the platform is now open to all organisations and individuals. Mightybell has worked with organisations including Lean In and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and it was fantastic to hear more about what they’ve got planned for the future. Check out the interview here. 

This week’s question from Co-Founder Ena is: “Have you thought what other roles your current skills set could lend itself to?” Share your thoughts with us via Facebook and Twitter. 

We were also delighted that Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski tweeted us a photo of her and President Obama’s Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett at a reception for the Red Sox at the White House!

Valerie Jarrett and Mika Brzezinski

Valerie Jarrett and Mika Brzezinski

Other stories that have caught our eye this week include…

Women are less likely to apply for male sounding jobs

Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski warns of the reverse glass ceiling

A candid conversation with five women leaders of advertising and media

Sian Williams talks to the legendary Sian Phillips about her career and her impact beyond Wales