Recap: MPLS MadWomen "Growing Pains"
With a nod to the advertising mavericks of 50’s and 60’s New York, and the beloved HBO TV Series Mad Men, the creative, powerful, and hard working women of Minneapolis’ advertising scene created a unique nonprofit for creative women (and men) in the area: MPLS MadWomen.
Last night, I had the opportunity to attend one of MPLS MadWomen’s events, “Growing Pains,” at Muse Event Center in the North Loop. After a tasty gin and tonic, a little networking, and lots of photo-taking, I sat down for a night of intelligent advice presented by four panelists and one cheerful moderator:
Kelli Hanson, Twin Cities Live (moderator)
Mahtab Rezai, President & CEO of Crux Collaborative
Remi Kent, Global Brand & Strategy Leader at 3M
Julie Batliner, President of Carmichael Lynch Relate
Lori Yeager Davis, President of Martin Williams
The purpose of last night’s event was to dissect and better understand the challenges–or growing pains–that come with climbing up the career ladder, especially those challenges that are unique to women.
There were so many powerful nuggets of advice and inspiration that I’m struggling to decide which to feature. Because I like structure and because I like lists, I’ve organized my key takeaways into two categories:
Say “I’m sorry” when you’re not actually sorry
Let yourself be “tone-policed” by the men with whom you work
Let yourself get trapped by trying to be Superwoman
Compare yourself to others
Give up trying to be liked by everybody
Know when the gig is up
Let yourself feel the hurt
Surround yourself with supportive (and honest) people
Understand what’s in your control
Step outside of your comfort zone