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Marvelous in the Middle recap

We had a great first event to kick-off 2015, just what the doctor ordered for many of us. 🙂

Our inspirational Marvelous in the Middle panel included:

Heidi Braunstein – Head of Product, North America at Decoded
Brittany Brown – Senior Manager, Consumer Planning & Research at Diageo
Claire Kelly – Creative Agency Lead at Google
Melanie McShane – Senior Strategist at Wolff Olins
Sarah Parkinson – SVP, Director at BBDO
Agata Seidel – Senior Planner at R/GA
Amanda Taubman – Director, Mobile Strategy at Horizon
Moderated by our very own Amanda Jaskiewicz, our panelists – although with different backgrounds, experiences and skills – each provided valuable insights and advice to our audience on how to push ourselves forwards in our own careers as well as identify opportunities before they pass us by.
“Patience” and “raising your hand” were common themes as well as making sure we each knew what our priority is for moving forward and then ensuring that we stay true to that when reviewing opportunities.
We closed the night with a list of “Cs”. Originated by our sister chapter in Sydney from their past Marvelous in the Middle events and compiled by Amanda as food for thought:

Courage // Step out of your comfort zone, embrace the unknown.

Confidence // Don’t be afraid of who you are, know your abilities and work constantly to improve them.

Consistency // Once you know who you are, be who you are. Be a well respected brand.

Criticism // Remove yourself from the emotion. Take the central message, use it to improve yourself. Be constructive.

Change // Learn to love it. Know your core competencies and use them in a new role, country, project…anything.

Challenge // Challenge your role and your life so you get the most out of every minute.

Chat // It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Networking is Queen.

Thanks again to everyone that was able to be a part of this wonderful evening: our members who attended; our SheSays NYC crew; Diageo and Baileys for creating some amazing concoctions with their two new flavors Vanilla Cinnamon and Chocolate Cherry; and finally Decoded for letting us take over their amazing space.
We did videotape the conversation, so stay tuned for when that is available for viewing.
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