“Life is a journey. Keep learning and stay curious,” said Morgan.
Besides strengths and opportunities, the panel talked to attendees about weaknesses and threats.
“Don’t make assumptions,” said Vagell. “Build relationships with everyone; build that trust.”
In the evolution of a career, said Nobleza, “it takes time to move up.” But, she said, you can build credibility in your leadership group. “Absorb and learn first; that’s especially true being a woman.”
Vagell told the crowd that when you get a seat at the table – don’t waste it.
“You earned your seat. Project your voice and be heard.”
Nobleza said it was important to constantly gauge your audience. “Understand who you are talking to. Be succinct and direct.”
The audience applauded these messages.
Next, Morgan pointed out that, “contractors will walk straight to the male in a group.” That poignant observation was met with plenty of nods by attendees. “We need to keep advocating for each other.”
Support each other, said Vagell. “We can drive our business culture.”
And mentorship is key, said Monk.
Couch said you need mentors who will tell you the truth. Tell you things you need to improve on. “So, learn from that,” she said.
The message is to seek out mentorship; it can come from anywhere.
Morgan said to the audience: “My mom once said to me ‘if you want it – go get it.’ Mentorship can be life changing.”
One attendee summed up the feelings in the hall at the conclusion of the panel, “so much truth, right on.”