Yesterday, I had the honor and privilege to attend the tenth annual Harvard Undergraduates
Women in Business Intercollegiate Business Conference as a IBC scholar recipient. My friends
always joke going to conferences is my favorite hobby, and I can't technically deny it. I love conference because I love the connecting with people who attend them whether they're my age, younger, older, wiser, etc. The IBC conference had women from as far as China come to network and learn from professionals in various fields including Maureen Chiquet, the Global CEO of Chanel, Benjamin Joffe-Walt, the Chief of Staff of Change.org, and Jill Abramson, the former Executive Editor of the NY Times.
I wrote pages of notes filled with some amazing quotes and lessons I hope to expand on soon, but the biggest takeaway I gained from this conference is the need and desire to have GRIT: guts, resilience, initiative, and tenacity. Every single woman and man sitting in the room yesterday would not have been their without having all of those qualities. While every professional who spoke had a different career, background, plan, and path, they all got to where they are today in their careers because they had the guts to flow their passions, the resilience to not give up, the confidence to take the initiative, and the tenacity to succeed.
While I myself am still a college student, I would not have been in that room today either without possessing all of these qualities. I'm not going to lie though, these qualities are not easy to obtain and maintain, but like a muscle, the more you use them, the stronger they get.
Tell me your GRIT stories!