Catherine Hanaway (partner and chair of Husch Blackwell, former U.S. Attorney, former Missouri House Speaker) taught us about “Owning the Room.” She shared lessons she’s learned about taking risks and pursuing goals with confidence and commitment.
Insight from Catherine Hanaway
• On how to act with confidence, even when you’re not feeling it: “Confidence is tough. You can steal it from when you’ve used it for someone else. Everyone in this room has stood up to defend someone who couldn’t defend themselves. That took confidence. You took a risk then; now do it for yourself.”
• On how women can leverage our strengths: “We have higher emotional intelligence on average. We read and react to people much better than men, and the world is changing. Teamwork, collaboration and inclusiveness are more highly valued than they ever have been.”
Jenn Whitmer (certified Enneagram coach, interpersonal conflict and leadership expert) provided tips on how to “Put Your Enneagram to Work.” She led attendees through questions designed to enhance our self-awareness and, in turn, strengthen our leadership qualities.
Insight from Jenn Whitmer
• On the transformative power of self-awareness: “Ruthless self-honesty paired with generous self-compassion creates a great leader.”
• A good reminder when your inner voice won’t stop obsessing about what you should be doing: “Stop ‘shoulding’ on yourself. Don’t do it. If you hear the ‘shoulds,’ know that you need to grab that thought and observe it a little more.”
Networking in Practice
Past Ladies Who Launch attendees expressed interest in more networking opportunities. This year we delivered big on this request, thanks to the Hustle Hour presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors. Kristen Wannenmacher Bright, partner in BKD, moderated this speed networking session. Participants engaged through a series of lively, six-minute conversations and walked away with new connections.