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Bourgeois demystifies destiny at Mid-Atlantic event

Monday, June 16, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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"Knowledge is only powerful when you put it into action,” Trudy Bourgeois, founder and CEO of The Center for Workforce Excellence, told more than 150 NEW members at the NEW Mid-Atlantic spring learning event, June 11, 2014 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md.

Sharing "Seven Steps to Become the Architect, Designer and Owner of Your Destiny,” Bourgeois said women succeed through discipline, personal accountability and the support of other women.

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Although women face many career obstacles — including lack of management experience, exclusion from networks, stereotyping, failure of senior management to be accountable for advancement, family commitments and bias — they are responsible for their own careers, Bourgeois said. "Success is defined personally. Leveraging your natural strengths is the key to unlocking your brilliance.”

Bourgeois warned against the "itty bitty committee,” the inner voice that encourages self-doubt, and reminded listeners that "this voice started in your childhood.”

Part of finding happiness is having a well-rounded life, she added. "We spend too much time at work. It is important to be happy,” Bourgeois said. "We need to find ways to not have all of the labels hold us back. Find a fight, be creative and find your voice.”

To shape their destiny, women must clearly state their needs, she said. "No one can help you unless you can tell someone what you want.”

Bourgeois encouraged NEW members ask one woman, "What can I do to help you?” and follow up.

Frito-Lay North America, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, and Safeway Inc. were among the companies sending large delegations to the event.

NEW Mid-Atlantic committee members welcomed keynote speaker Trudy
Bourgeois of The Center for Workforce Excellence (center) to the even

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