The Los Angeles Business Journal recently celebrated the 22nd annual Women Making a Difference Awards, which honor the outstanding achievements of female executives throughout Los Angeles County. For the first time, the event added a half-day symposium. UCLA Anderson’s Dean Judy Olian was the first of nine inspirational speakers including Joy Chen, author and former deputy mayor of Los Angeles; Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX; Caroline W. Nahas, managing director of Southern California Korn Ferry; and Khymberli S. Apaloo, supervising family law judge, as well as others.
Speaking to a crowd of more than 300 attendees, Dean Olian shared her top 10 tips to achieving success:
10. Be excellent, and more than excellent, in your performance.
9. Say ‘yes’ to assignments whenever they’re given to you.
8. When you fail, and it’s not if, be honest enough to look at what you own about that failure and what you can learn from it.
7. It’s not personal.
6. You have to take risks — and don’t be afraid to be afraid.
5. Figure out what you’re really good at, what you’re not good at, and steer yourself into situations where you thrive.
4. Take care of you. You can’t be effective at work, unless you’ve taken care of your body, mind and psyche.
3. Turn adversity into an advantage.
2. Be great mothers or aunts.
1. And, perhaps the most important career choice you can make, pick the right partner. Pick the right partner to help you thrive — in life and in your career.
This year more than 200 nominees were awarded in the following categories: Business Owner/CEO of the Year (Meredith Garrett, founder and CEO, Signorelli), Executive of the Year (Barbara Bouza, managing director and principal, Gensler), Rising Star (Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic, president and CEO, A Sustainable Production (ASAP) LLC), Volunteer of the Year (Stacy Phillips, founder and managing principal, Phillips Lerner), Philanthropist of the Year (Lori Guidry DBIA, president, Development Industries Inc.) and Corporate Advocate (Moss Adams LLP).