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Motivational and empowering quotes from the Columbia Women's Leadership Conference 2016

It’s rather fitting that Spec hosted the Columbia Women’s Leadership Conference 10 days before the United States may elect its first female president.

While the conference was clearly educational and informative, it also had its inspiring moments.

Wish you had gone? Went, but need a reflective empowerment boost? Here are some of our favorite motivational quotations from the 10 incredibly empowered and resilient female speakers who discussed their work, lives, and philosophies on being women leaders.

Overcoming adversity

"If you're not being paid the same amount of money for the same amount of work, it's hard to feel welcome in the workplace."@SusanHermanACLU

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"Take gender out of it and see yourself as the master of your field. Command your price."—@CarmenSense #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"Women aren't the question, they're the answer right now. We need to own it: own our femaleness and the value of it." @GloriaFeldt #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Overcoming fear

"I just kept showing up. Have courage even when you feel like you're imperfect."—@AsraNomani #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"Don't be daunted."—@SusanHermanACLU quoting Margaret Mead and discussing progress after the presidential election. #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

1/3 "I fixed myself on my intention. I simply mustered my courage and put 1 foot in front of the other until I got there."@GloriaFeldt #CWLC

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

2/3 "I never lost my fear, but each time I did it, I knew better that I could do it." @GloriaFeldt #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

3/3 "Courage is never about losing the fear. It's about doing what needs to be done in spite of it." @GloriaFeldt #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Susan Herman explaining the history of the American Civil Liberties Union. Establishing yourself

"Ask, 'what do I want to learn?' Which opportunities offer the most opportunities to learning more?"—@lmeisterlin #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Take an accounting class. Get a URL. Get a timeless Twitter handle. Let it grow with you. Have it there to develop your vision." @AsraNomani

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"Know the people you're involved with. Intentionally build a meaningful network. Make sure that you have a mentor." @MsBirgePHS #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"Start early. Don't start when you've retired to a suburb in New Jersey. Start today." @MsBirgePHS #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Achieving ambitious goals

"You have to think like an entrepreneur, be creative, innovative, you have to think big."—@DrAngelicaPerez #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"I don't think we can achieve any of these ambitious goals by thinking narrowly."—@lisbethshgcf, Founder+Exec Director of @GreenCityForce

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Q&A session with Herman and Feldt, facilitated by

"It's about just saying yes to challenges in front of you, to opportunities."—@GloriaFeldt #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Being a leader

"Lead with a heartfulness, kindness and goodness that will help our world move from this awful trajectory of real nastiness."@DaviaTemin 2/2

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

1/2 "Show up but also spend some of your time showing up for other people."—@SusanHermanACLU #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

2/2 "Be a leader for other people who do not have the inclusion, the advantages, and the equality you have."—@SusanHermanACLU #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Practicing grit and tenacity

"Ask for things that matter to you. Be patient. What you ask for might not come on day one. You have to pivot along the way." @Kyungahpark

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"As women your lives are going to change—career, marriage, children—esp. your generation. Practice adaptability with resilience."@MsBirgePHS

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"It doesn't matter how many times you're down or up. It's that plus 1 that matters."@DaviaTemin on "7 times down 8 times up." #resilience

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"If you have your cognition, you can come back from crisis. Stronger better and certainly kinder and more compassionate." @DaviaTemin #CWLC

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Succeeding as a woman of color

"I'm very conscious of my decision to exist in a space where I'm the minority. I want to represent another voice in that space."@CarmenSense

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"I had to become comfortable being an Asian working in a very male, white setting."—@Kyungahpark #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

"No matter what I did, I was told I didn't look like a writer. I was told a writer doesn't look like a brown female."—@CarmenSense #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Finally...

"We have the power in our hands if we choose to use it. POWER UNUSED IS POWER USELESS."—@GloriaFeldt #CWLC2016

— Spectrum (@CUspectrum) October 29, 2016

Want to read the entirety of the live blog? Hit up Spectrum on Twitter, and maybe bookmark this page for when you’re in need of an inspirational pick-me-up.

Sophia Hotung is Spectrum’s editor and a Barnard junior. She live-tweeted the event and is sorry for writing the bad haiku. Reach her at sophia.hotung@columbiaspectator.com to tell her you liked/hated the haiku.

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