Last Thursday, netlogx hosted a table at the IBJ’s Women of Influence Awards Breakfast. Several team members attended and were able to take part in this wonderful celebration of influential women in our community. In this special collaborative blog, they share their takeaways and thoughts about the experience.

Audrey Taylor

Angie Hicks shared her thoughts on courage, particularly the courage she needs when accepting speaking engagements as this continues to be outside of her sweet spot and this honesty is an inspiration to also push myself.  However, it was in her conclusion that this resonated most fully as she shared both a story about her being encouraged by others in her career and now acting as a mentor encouraging others.

The resonation ties back to Brene Brown who was a video speaker at the TEDx Indianapolis event I just attended where I heard her talk on Vulnerability.

Brene shared that upon looking up courage in the dictionary she found the now obsolete definition of courage being tied to our hearts. After Angie’s talk I wondered if encourage was also closer to these nurturing emotions and of course it is. Looking at all the wonderful award winners at the IBJ Women of Influence Breakfast it is clear that their connections to community and their willingness to put their hearts into their lives has allowed them to succeed personally and support others too.

1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
2. Obsolete. the heart as the source of emotion.

verb (used with object)
1. to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.
2. to promote, advance, or foster

Elizabeth Szentes
When Angie Hicks gave the keynote presentation, she shared a joke with us, “Why didn’t the skeleton cross the street? He didn’t have the guts.” From this, Angie stressed four main points:

    1. Seize opportunities.
    2. Be a role model; provide encouragement.
    3. Lead by example
    4. Have the courage to put your family first

Her message was great and wonderful advice for all professional women.

Sara Jordan
Attending the Women of Influence Breakfast was incredibly inspiring. I was especially interested to hear from Angie Hicks of Angie’s List. One of the biggest things that she stressed was to never pass up an opportunity which is great advice. Listening to the honorees’ stories it seemed they had all followed this advice, seizing on every opportunity and working to make their dreams a reality.

Stephanie Sponsel
I was very inspired by how hard these women had worked. They had multiple tasks to accomplish in their everyday life yet family was still very important to them. It was inspiring to see that you can continue to be very successful at what your dream may be but still have a wonderful family right by your side! The atmosphere at the breakfast was wonderful!

Kristen Addison
I was inspired to hear the stories of women who had risen from virtually nothing, to business owners and leaders.  Seeing all those incredible women in one room made me realize that none of my dreams are too big!

Vicki Chabot
Angie Hicks admitted that she isn’t the most confident or the most talented of public speakers. This was during her speech at the IBJ Awards breakfast to hundreds of influential local entrepreneurs and business owners. Nevertheless I admired her down-to-Earth speaking style. She was by no means the most polished orator I’ve ever heard but she was true to herself and had an inspiring message for the room. She encouraged us to have courage, to believe in ourselves, to take a chance, to put ourselves out of our comfort zones. Most importantly perhaps was that we don’t have to be the best at what we do rather that we just have to try our best. This was indeed a valuable reminder that I came away with.

Congratulations to the 2012 Women of Influence! Your courage, determination, and community involvement are inspiring.


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