Women’s Leadership Forum to address women’s desiresWritten by Kathryn Milstein | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Holly Atkinson wants women to think about their appetite.By appetite, she does not mean food. She means what women want, on and off the job.
“I still think we’re a society not engaged in women’s appetite,” Atkinson said. “I want to get women to think about what they want.”
She said her mantra is that women can have it all, just not all at once. The idea rests on balancing job mastery and strong intimate relationships based on priorities.
Thinking of core values, she said, and aligning behavior with those values will help women avoid the burden of stereotypes that often cause women to overextend their capabilities.
Atkinson, who got the idea from watching the women around her, said she believes women still need permission to engage in successful careers and love because historically, women needed that OK.
“My goal is to give women the permission to really think about and pursue what they want in life,” she said.
Atkinson is the chief medical officer and senior medical correspondent for HealthiNation, a company that films and produces health videos. She is also the assistant professor of medicine and co-director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an assistant professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.
She will talk at The University of Toledo (UT)’s Second Women’s Leadership Forum Luncheon on from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 1 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.
The forum costs $20 a person and includes lunch.
Carrie Herr, director of UT’s Executive Center for Global Competitiveness and co-director of the forum, said women’s imbalance of success in the workplace and love lives often drains them.
“Our goal is to address leadership issues for women throughout the region,” Herr said.
She said this year’s keynote speaker, Atkinson, was chosen by request from women who attended last year’s forum. Herr and her co-director, Debbe Skutch, kept hearing about how many roles women perform to be successful.
“We felt it was appropriate to bring someone in to address how women do all of these things and maintain their health,” Herr said.
Skutch said she started the forum because she noticed the number of women executives and leaders who were in need of the resources she and Herr could provide.
“We were overwhelmed with the response,” she said, “that showed us there is a very hungry community out there wanting these resources.”
She said the important thing is that the forum is business-oriented, so women can balance what they learn with business. She said the forum also provides sources for women to network.
About 200 participants are registered for the forum. Last year, when the forum was free, about 300 people attended.