The stories and inspirational careers of the women participating in the second day of Women In The World are so diverse that it is difficult to draw out a common theme.
The morning session featured Nobel Laureate and peace activist Leymah Gbowee; Theresa May, the longest serving Home Secretary in British history; and a discussion about the selfie and its impact on self esteem featuring super model Chantelle Winnie.
Speaking to colleagues during the lunch break, we had all taken away the same message – focus on the unique strengths you can bring to any situation and do not waste time being defensive about perceived weaknesses.
The consensus was Gbowee was the unforgettable speaker, who started a movement alongside six other women that eventually helped bring about the end of the intractable Liberian civil war. Gbowee’s account about how only women could have been so effcetive in those very dark days in Liberia’s history captivated the audience.
Her mantra that you must leave a positive legacy left everyone considering how they can make a difference. After this morning at WITW that feels far from a cliche.
With more to come this afternoon, please keep an eye out for more inspirational stories.