10 Pieces of Advice from the Lady Project Summit

Providence welcomed women from all over the nation for an influential conference related to career and life.


Photography by Justine M. Johnson

On Saturday, a group of 300 women from all over the country gathered together for an all-day conference at the Vets, hosted by the Lady Project. Largely career-focused, the day included keynote speeches from accomplished women, as well as professional workshops on many different topics related to work and life, and time for networking. Here are ten great pieces of advice that I embraced while attending.


1. Find your easy talent. If you’re looking for the next step in your career, think about what comes naturally to you, not just what you have experience in. This will help you craft your pitch to your next employer or help you organize your own business. –Jennifer Romolini, Editor in chief and vice president of content at HelloGiggles.

2. Always be hustling. Look up the job description for your dream job, and compare that description to your experience. What are you missing? How can you get the skills that you’re missing? –Jennifer Romolini

3. Understand what connects people and why they connect to you. A close look at how millennials connect with social media and their lifestyle enabled theSkimm to create a network of brand ambassadors who help spread the newsletter to a wide audience. Amazingly, these ambassadors are reimbursed with fun and resume-building, rather than by being paid. –Kaylin Marcotte, who is responsible for community marketing and social media at theSkimm.

4. Often in negotiation, the worst thing that can happen is that someone will say no. This advice came during a presentation about negotiation of all kinds, from getting a job to buying a house. –Danielle Thompson, realtor and negotiation expert. Follow her at @FORDANIELLE.

5. Failure is a part of growing. If a person is taking risks and trying for something big, failure should be embraced as a good thing, even though it hurts like hell. –Naama Bloom, founder and CEO of modern-day women’s health company helloflo.com.

6. Find out how to control what throws you off your game. During an enlightening presentation about being an introvert, attendees were encouraged to embrace their introversion and figure out how to work with it, instead of against it. –Amma Marfo, assistant director of student activities for involvement and assessment at Emmanuel College, Boston.

7. A sale doesn’t end with the exchange of money. Make sure that your customers are happy after you have finished the transaction, and that they will be happy in the long term. –Pamela O’Hara, CEO of Batchbook.

8. You are the person that defines success for yourself; no one else. Liz O’Donnell talked about how she noticed that successful women, particularly mothers and including herself, achieved a lot of happiness by listening to their own definitions of success. –Liz O’Donnell, author of Mogul, Mom and Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman and the founder of helloladies.com


9. Successful women lift up other women. A broad theme of the conference, Liz O’Donnell also talked about this during her workshop. –Liz O’Donnell

10. Reframe the question: instead of “why do this?” ask “why not?” During the final keynote, attendees were encouraged to take more risks, and calculated risks. –Shauna Causey, vice president of marketing for EveryMove.

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