WIB-Capital Region organized an evening on February 25, 2016, with Joan Worthington, a notable IT leader, entrepreneur, and coach in the University of Maryland Biopark. Linda Saffer (Tedco) began the evening by introducing the speaker to twenty-some attendees. Ms. Worthington, a “tech person” as she called herself, led technology initiatives in the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for more than four years and then moved into entrepreneurship sector. She is also a certified career coach and led an energetic discussion on the topic of "how to build confidence."
Joan opened her discussion by asking the audience to describe the feeling they get after being very confident in an act. Their answers described a range of emotions, including “calm” and “energetic.” Using each of these emotions, Joan pointed out how a positive emotion creates a feedback loop in confidence building for the person experiencing it. Presenting the audience with a little background on the neurology of controlling our emotions, she made a noted that we should pay attention to our thoughts and encourage positive thoughts in ourselves: Conscious encouragement and timely recollection of positive thoughts help build confidence during a difficult situation. She also recommended Confidence Code, by Katty Kay, as a good resource.
During the second half of the session, Joan engaged the audience in open discussion on several topics, including “How to speak up,” “Why it is important to work in a team,” and “Why do we women underestimate ourselves?” During the ensuing discussing it was very interesting to note comments from women representing different ethnicity, professional background, and age: Everyone agreed that women should raise their voice to speak up, and be hard if necessary - particularly in a gender biased environment. And that as a woman it is important to show support to a fellow woman. Discussion also continued on how to make an impact in a controversial conversation, keeping your calm.
The evening ended with free networking, and was sponsored by the University of Maryland BioPark and the BCCC Life Sciences Institute. Thanks to our volunteers behind the scenes for their event planning and post-event resource sharing!