Legacy Lessons from the C-Suite: 8th Annual Fall EMPOWERMENT Event with Little PINK Book

Candace Reese ~ The CEO Pundit™ at PINK event

I was so fortunate to be able to attend a fabulous event with dynamic, inspiring lady executives this past Tuesday at the Atlanta History Center.  Little PINK Book Founding Editor & CEO Cynthia Good & her team once again led the effort in delivering purposeful, authentic power ladies to engage with guests and those following along via social media during their 8th Annual Fall EMPOWERMENT Event.

Distinguished panelists included: Kate Quinn, SVP and CMO, Wellpoint; Julie Sweet, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Accenture;  Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble; and moderator Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español.

(from L to R): Kate Quinn, SVP and CMO, Wellpoint; Julie Sweet, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Accenture; Cynthia Good, CEO and founding editor of LittlePINKBook.com; Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble; and Glenda Umaña, anchor at CNN en Español

Here are a few of my absolute favorite quotes from the dais:

  • What it means to be happy changes over the course of your life as your priorities & your definition of happiness shift. ~Teri List-Stoll
  • The issue of confidence is important…you must have it at every stage of your career. ~Julie Sweet
  • Regarding my confidence challenge: My husband said, “Don’t be a girl.” 🙂 ~Julie Sweet

LittlePINKBook.com’s CEO and founding editor Cynthia Good fields questions for panelists at the event from women at the event and from those watching streamed video


  • Inquiry from Twitter: How is important is a mentor? Response: A mentor gives good advice…a sponsor is an advocate & helps find opportunities. ~Julie Sweet
  • Follow your initial passion, but keep your options open. ~Teri List-Stoll
  • What is the proper measure of success? It can’t be defined in a narrow way…the happiness barometer. ~Teri List-Stoll
  • If you’re going to do one thing to help your career, learn to communicate better. ~Julie Sweet
  • Inquiry from Twitter: Can you get ahead without playing office politics? Response: There’s a conformity expectation in the workplace…but women & men express themselves differently. It’s not deemed appropriate to express yourself like women do…makes things uncomfortable…as you rise in your career, you can push against some things, like behavioral expectation. ~Kate Quinn

(from L to R): Teri List-Stoll, SVP and Treasurer, Procter & Gamble; Julie Sweet, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Accenture; and Kate Quinn, SVP and CMO, WellPoint.

  • Final piece of advice from the panel: LAUGH!

Big shout to Debbie Fitzgerald and her PR team for providing stellar services throughout the event process and assisting me in optimizing my experience with the panelists and enabling me to bring it to you!

I truly believe each person there was vividly inspired with the ideas on self-expression and  reinvention for themselves…I know I was moved to go forth with light & JOY!*

*Click this year’s event flyer below to see photos from my lovely experience with the PINK event!

About Candace Reese ~ The CEO Pundit™

With a reputation for challenging small visions and transforming them into global notoriety, Candace Reese is a nationally-recognized entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. Specializing in corporate and philanthropic strategy management, Reese has a strong track record in exceeding expectations. After several years in corporate and nonprofit public relations, marketing and advertising, Reese founded Envision Global Corporation to serve a diverse clientele list of individuals, organizations and corporate clientele by delivering leading-edge, innovative image building campaigns, with a global focus. Having an affinity for representing socially-conscious clientele, through Envision Global, Reese has managed projects and provided unlimited business and lifestyle resources to a plethora of distinguished entrepreneurs, executives and philanthropists who have been featured in national and international multi-media outlets, including online/digital media, nationally-syndicated radio and television broadcasts. To accommodate the growing needs of her global client base, Reese has launched EnviBlu Lifestyle Concierge; the travel, concierge and ground transportation vertical to Envision Global. Outside of her work with Envision Global, Reese’s passion lies in her public speaking and community initiatives. As a children’s advocate, she offers inspiring words to young men about etiquette and image, as well as young women on entering and maintaining healthy relationships. Reese also engages with entrepreneurs and business executives on leadership, marketing, public relations, professional etiquette, and effective, next-level business practices as an executive coach. Reese is a well-known supporter of local and national community organizations, being frequently tapped by nonprofit and religious organizations to strengthen their image and media strategies for initiatives, conferences and goal-oriented campaigns.
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