Yolandas_smileYou have done it again! Another amazing event, that was not only very helpful and informative but it gave me basic tools that I can use to continue to improve myself not only at work but in my everyday life.

— Yolanda Morgan, DRIVEN corporate member - after DRIVEN's 2-18-14 workshop

One of the things that was discussed in our small group was women in roles of authority and how to handle men when they don’t seem to want to take us seriously. I have a guy working under me on an account this year and I have been trying to incorporate comedy as it was one of the recommendations that the man in our group as well as another woman suggested and it has been working!!

— Elise, NYC financial services manager

As a partner at Anchin and the chairperson of Anchin’s Women’s Initiative Network, I consider DRIVEN a tremendous resource for professional women. Not only to meet and network with professional women but the group is focused on helping women grow, learn and yes Advance!! We were honored to host a DRIVEN event and look forward to developing a relationship with DRIVEN.

— Terry Pissi, Partner Anchin, Block and Anchin

Who knew strategic dining could be so fun? This hands-on workshop allowed me to brush up on some skills while also learning new ones. Since the workshop I’ve attended 3 business lunches and felt more confident thanks to Deborah’s helpful tips. Every business woman should be required to take this workshop! Bravo!

— Jenny Green Powers, Founder, Running with Heels

On the way home, I got a text from my husband that he was angry at me (for something that truly was not my fault). Rather than get worked up on the car ride home and prepare for a fight, I changed the INTERNAL cue and looked under MY umbrella to discover why I was getting angry. (Felt attacked and wrongly judged).  When I got home, I asked him why he was upset…LISTENED to his perspective without commenting…validated what he was feeling…then presented my thinking on the issue. We had a conversation instead of a fight!

— DRIVEN Anger in the workplace participant, Work lessons applied to personal life

SachinQuestion: What would you say to someone who was considering joining? “Do it! It would give you tools you could use whether male or female to move ahead. It will give you better management styles from other people’s perspective. You will become more aware of your surroundings; it will help you grow as person.”

— Sachin Sawhney, DRIVEN Pioneer Member

Robyn Brooks Gluckman WACDRIVEN provides a rare opportunity to meet other like-minded women (and men) from other walks of life. I feel like I’m a part of something that has great potential and I’ve already met so many people. I have access to great women (and men). I get personal and networking growth out of DRIVEN!

— Robyn Brooks, DRIVEN Pioneer Member

megan harnettThe leaders and advisors of DRIVEN were so thoughtfully brought together by Deborah Goldstein. After meeting this core group, experiencing their depth and diversity, I knew I wanted to get involved with the DRIVEN. Deborah puts so much time and energy into creating all the events, not a single detail is overlooked. Every event is put together thoughtfully with member interests at heart. The quality of the people in attendance surprises me at every event, it seems like the room gets richer every time I go. I have left every event feeling more aware, positive, and motivated.

— Megan Harnett, Brigade Capital Management

In each DRIVEN event I’ve attended, I have come away reinvigorated to take on new challenges and enrich my life. Inspired by the conversations at the events, my baby steps have enabled me to disconnect and live a life that is more in the moment.  I am also learning to focus on the love, support and positive energy around me rather than be driven by perceived expectations and self-determined shortcomings. The men and women I have met through DRIVEN have broadened my network and led to additional connections and introductions.

— Fen Yee Teh, DRIVEN Ambassador

IMG_5870The Energy Management event was fascinating to observe as a floater between two break out groups. When given loose instruction on identifying areas of one’s life that may be draining on them and utilizing the insight of those in the break out session to “reframe” the “problem”, I heard 2 distinctly different experiences from the groups. One group really highlighted personal issues that were causing members to feel defeated and frustrated – focused mostly on family dynamics or similar circumstances. The members generously helped in reframing the positive in the situation, but also helped to uncover the ways one could deal with family dynamics.  I also overheard another group discussing very career and work focused-frustrations where members were sharing best practices on how one could be better at delegating or for sorting through emails and tasks more efficiently. Neither group touched on what the other was discussing for the duration of the break out session.

Interesting that the same instruction can lead to two very different sets of conversations! Despite being different in topic, both groups were able to use the reframing that was delineated by Kathleen Brady at the start of the evening, and succinctly and inspiringly wrapped up at the end of the break out groups.

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— Ays Necioglu, Director, College Scholars Program (LMSW) and DRIVEN Community Member