In the past week, I have learnt a ton about the JW Marriott brand, and have been impressed with all the work and initiatives they take part in. The hotel chain and brand do really support women and are quite alert on what is happening internationally. I was recently invited to a Women as Dynamic forces of change luncheon at JW Marriott Marquis‘s Asian restaurant, Tong Thai. The panel featured Donna Karan (a woman I personally admire) and Alyse Nelson, CEO & Founder of Vital Voices & was in conjunction with The Dubai Women’s council.
The tables were carefully edited with great group of women as well as a leader and a conversation card. The panel was super inspiring, moving, educational and insightful. I shared notes from the afternoon below from different speakers.
The Food was lovely – we started off with spring rolls and chicken satay, moved on to a main course choice – I went with corn fed chicken and jasmine rice. We ended with my favorite… sticky rice and mangoes (yum.)
Lessons & Highlights:
-Donna Karan mentioned her brand… “Its not only about dressing women, its also about addressing women.”
-Everyday is a challenge for women.
-Manifest a vision.
-We have to change the thought of me and change it to we.
-If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.
-You have to have a Balance in life, You need to know when work needs to be put aside.
-Have failures, learn from them.
-Listen more than you speak.
-Take a minute from your day for gratitude and count your blessings.