Manhattan was the place to be this week IF:
- You are an entrepreneur
- You are smart
- You are willing to learn
- You know how to network
- You can ask good questions
- You are a woman
This event was filled with smart, educated, networking women who could reach out to support anyone sitting next to them. That’s how it is with women entrepreneurs these days, they love to help and they love to get help.
The women were in all sizes and ages and the presenters were also. There was Essie Weingarten of the fabulous nail polish line who talked about what it was like to start a business as a woman in the 1980’s.
What is so amazing is that we are not talking about a century ago, we are talking mere decades and Essie was there as a pioneer woman entrepreneur to make it happen.
She told a wonderful story about the “help” she got when it was time to sell her company to L'Oréal. Her father died when she was 16 years old and she mother was a tenacious, GUTSY woman who kept his business going and still does. Her mother, in her late 80’s still works a very full week.
As I teach in “Don’t Bring It to Work,” patterns repeat and repeat until we are able to OBSERVE, UNDERSTAND and TRANSFORM them.
Essie was struggling with “letting go of the baby” until her husband said “You are turning into your mother,” and the light bulb went on.
When we find ourselves not able to make a decision that is clear and positive, it is good to look back and see if we are repeating a pattern from pasty generations. Great learning and thanks Essie for your candor.