August third was a monumental day for young women in Atlanta. It was when GenHERation held its Summer Leadership Series at the Atlanta Tech Village. The highlight of the evening was a panel discussion with three female industry professionals.
The discussion was facilitated by GenHERation founder and CEO, Katlyn Grasso. From left to right, the panelist’s were; Kathleen Powers, CEO of Girls Who Invest, Monica Pearson, TV and Radio icon, and Jenny Bass, CEO of Essve Tech, a construction company. The purpose of this panel was for the girls to receive informative advice from industry professionals. The advice they gave was phenomenal!
Monica Pearson: “Be able to tell people who you are and what you are about in 30 seconds.” “It’s what you do with what you have that makes you who you are.”
Kathleen Powers: “Money is the lubricant of the world.” She says we should use money as a tool to make the world a better place. Ms. Powers asked us, “Are you a Solar Panel or a Gas Guzzler? In her analogy, a solar panel stores up positive experiences, and converts them into positive energy. A ‘Gas Guzzler’ sucks up energy and spends it. At the end of the day, it has nothing to give back. She urged us to be Solar Panels.
Jenny Bass: “The way we connect ourselves, needs to be a conscience choice. When you enter ‘The Room’, come in with the attitude of, I have something to contribute, I am valuable.”
Each panelist told us what they would tell their younger selves.
Powers: “Listen to yourself . Keep your mind and heart open, and follow your passion.”
Pearson: “Don’t commit your life to someone else before you know who you are.”
Bass: “Relax, take deep breaths, work hard but don’t get worked up.”
Contributor: Adora Vaughan