What a way to spend my Thursday evening learning from great women at the 'Femigrants of Silicon Valley'- Forum of Female Immigrant Leaders event in San Francisco on March 22, 2018
My Objectives – why did I attend this event?
Key Insights – what did I learn?
Believe in yourself even when others do not believe in you
Beate Chelette, a fellow German immigrant, shared her life experience in the keynote. She shared stories of how people doubted her dating back to her years in middle school.
How many times have people doubted you and your skills? You will be successful if you persist and continue to believe in yourself even through difficult times, peoples doubt and even self-doubt. Personally, telling me, I cannot do something motivates me to do it and succeed. Don't let others discourage you and kill your dreams.
Be bold and take on opportunities
"Say hell yes to every opportunity that comes to you" was a phrase that Elena Krasnoperova shared that resonated with me.
After listening to Shonda Rhimes TED talk My year of saying yes, I challenged myself to say yes to more things and put myself out there. So, hearing Elena share her insights on saying yes was confirming the journey I am on. I am committed to put myself out there and say yes to things I will typically say no to because I am scared.
Trait to succeed - Be organized and visualize your plan
Kwanua Robinson's advice on the significant role being organized plays in being successful was very timely.
Being organized and having a plan has helped me progress in my own life. Having a plan should become the norm for everything you do in your personal, professional and business life. You will begin to see the outcomes you desire.
Entrepreneurs: Test your ideas first
Elena Krasnoperova shared great advice on testing your product with real users before you go all in.
In the process of developing your product, it is critical to test with real users. Before you make any significant investment in your product, you want to know that you have a user group.
The panelists and speakers shared some great advice that I would like to share with you.
My Next Steps - What am I going to do?