President Obama told the nation to commemorate the day as a day of service.
I served the community by hosting a lunch for 19 powerful and promising women.
I am not one of Washington state’s powerful women, but I was generous to host them in a dim sum lunch in the New Hong Kong Restaurant, in the International District.
What an experience!
The Executive Development Institute EDI organized the lunch and invited Phyllis Campbell, chairman of Chase Bank; Sally Jewell, chairman of REI; Cindy Ryu, Mayor of Shoreline; Leslie Jones, a Sound Transit director to have lunch with 14 female alums.
No guest ever asked what men would do in the situation. However, when the woman leaders responded, men were always part of the answer.
“What would a man do in this circumstance?” This was asked in contrast to what women would do in any given situation.
From dealing with compromise to balancing career and family to the lack of women in top management, so many insights were revealed and many fascinating stories were well digested at the table. Some of it was bad for publishing! ♦