Businesswomen from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota are hearing from several nationally-known speakers while doing some networking at this week’s “Generation SHE” conference in South Sioux City.
Organizer Bobbi Segura, of Iowa Women Lead Change, says the second-annual event aims to develop business and leadership skills for Siouxland women.
Segura says, “Body language, accepting feedback, how to move up in your career whether you’re in a large corporation or whether it’s with your own business, whether you work for a non-profit, if you’re a community volunteer, if you’re just a mom, a sister, a grandma.”
One of the featured speakers is Robin Lee Kennedy, COO of the Gender Intelligence Group, who explains the meaning behind that name.
Kennedy says, “What gender intelligence is is an appreciation of the differences in the chemical and structural variations in the male and female brain that influence how we think and act.”
She says women could benefit from recognizing some of the key differences between how the sexes interact.
“Sometimes the behavior that feels uncomfortable is not intentional,” Kennedy says. “Men don’t intend to exclude women, they just do what they’re doing and women interpret it as being exclusive. That’s just not the case. Our brains are actually quite different.”
The conference includes a CEO Forum, a speed networking event, several other keynote talks and a half-day conference track for college students.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City