The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power

By Jasmin D. Smith

Arianna Huffington, photo by JD Lasica
Arianna Huffington, photo by JD Lasica

Huffington Post’s first ever Women’s Conference took place in New York City on June 6th. It was hosted by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski along with others who took turns speaking beside them on the panel. A live feed during the conference was recorded, and my reaction to it is one of amazement! These ladies discussed topics that ranged from leadership skills to balancing family and careers.

 

 

Mika Brzezinski, photo by Mark Mathosian

Mika Brzezinski, photo by Mark Mathosian

Each panelist offered their professional insight and real life experiences, testimonies on certain issues that a lot of women truly go through. I admired their style of speech, not complicated or unprofessional but real and straight to the point. Although I was not actually present, I felt as if I was – they made the listener feel so comfortable and engaged in the discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the highlighted topics that most intrigued me was about women balancing a career and family. Brzezinski said that some women today have young children AND some of the highest paid jobs in the country! Women continue to prove that they can indeed balance family and a career. The ladies express that the key to doing this is learning to compartmentalize. Huffington adds in that men are incapable of doing this. Ha!

They go on to say with this important skill, as well as being efficient on the task at hand, success and money is just around the corner. Brzezinski encourages throughout the conference stating “(Women) live your life for you, and ignore others expectations. Make your own decisions and continue to strive for the freedom to make those choices, and finally a sense of humor is the best medicine in life!” Women in powerful positions were mentioned such as Susan Rice, current United States Ambassador to the United Nations, now appointed by President Obama as the new national security advisor.

This conference was meant to give strength and encouragement and to challenge all women to exceed expectations! If you would like to view the entire conference please click here.