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16 Lessons on Passion, Authenticity, & Communication from Women Leaders

Sprinklr Team

February 15, 2021  •  3 min read

“We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests.” — Sheryl Sandberg, Author of Lean In and COO at Facebook

This insight from Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 article for CNN perfectly sums up the theme of personal agency present at the recent Sprinklr Women of Enterprise Social event, hosted by Deloitte. Seven panelists from companies such as Uber, Deloitte, and SAP discussed how to nurture passion, the importance of transparency and authenticity, how to network, and the future of business.

The panelists included:

  • Jana Arbanas, Principal at Deloitte

  • Christine Huddleson, Director, Deloitte (Also leads Women’s in Enterprise Initiative for Deloitte)

  • Penelope “Penny” Delgadillo Valencia, Senior Vice President, Global Audience Marketing & Line of Business at SAP

  • Lori Carter, Global Social Media Manager, UBER

  • Leslie Macchia, Specialist Leader at Deloitte

  • Rebecca “Becky” Buckman, Vice President, Communications & Content at Battery Ventures

  • Ekaterina Walter, Global Evangelist at Sprinklr

Here are 16 inspiring women leadership quotes from the event:

On Cultivating Your Passions

“You’re going to change over time, and you will adapt. Have your brand evolve with you. Communicate with your passions, and recognize they might change.” —Leslie

“What are you passionate about? Pay it forward, and give back to your passions.” —Penelope

“The most compelling content is written by people who are passionate about the subject.” —Rebecca

On Being Authentic & Transparent

“Authenticity is important when building your personal brand. Identify consistent themes, at work or in your personal life, and build them.” —Lori

“Often, women feel the need to blend in, but we should aim to stand out.” —Ekaterina

“There’s a lot of power in being transparent about the boundaries that you set. It’s not justifying; it’s explanatory. You’re not just being difficult.” —Leslie

On Learning When to Say “No”

“We’re so focused on trying to please people that we forget our voice. Part of saying ‘no’ effectively is learning how to use our voice. Women aren’t taught to do that, so we have to practice that .” —Leslie

“Don’t say ‘yes’ to everything. Make an impact.” —Jana

“It’s okay to say no. I encourage you to be transparent about your needs and desires.” —Jana

On Becoming a Pro at Networking

“You don’t need to meet everyone in the room. Pick two to three people, and have meaningful conversations with them. Get a connection that will last. Flattery works every time – it’s an easy way to reach out.” —Leslie

“Do your homework before networking. Attach yourself to someone higher up and be selfless in your help to them.” —Rebecca

“Most jobs are won through networks. Have mentors that are older and younger than you so you get bilateral feedback. You’re going to need those people to help guide you and serve as a catapult for your career.” —Penelope

“No one will ever turn you away if you explain that you admire the person” —Lori

About the Author: Giana Ciapponi is an Events Intern at Sprinklr, based in San Francisco, CA. She previously worked as a full-time writer, appearing on the Huffington Post and Ravishly.

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