May 1, 2011 is Lemonade Day, a free, city-wide initiative designed to teach kids how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. genConnect is recognizing the 120,000 students running their own stands across the United States with our first ever Entrepreneur Week. We are reaching out to world-class experts daily for their tips on entrepreneurship and career development.
Vicki Salemi, career expert and author of Big Career in the Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York, attended the annual Matrix Awards luncheon in New York City sponsored by New York Women in Communications and reported back with invaluable tips for recent college graduates from 9 award winners and presenters ranging from Arianna Huffington to Rosie O’Donnell.
Explore our slideshow below as these women share their words of wisdom on secrets to success:
- Arianna Huffington
"The best advice is not to be afraid of failure because so often women stop themselves from taking risks, from pursuing their dreams because they’re afraid of failure. All I can say is failure is not the opposite of success. It’s really a stepping-stone of success and everyone has failed along the way to success. "
—Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post
- Gwen Ifill on Journalism
"It’s tough. Journalism in general is shrinking and you have to be even more focused that you want to do it than ever. You have to focus on what you want to do, develop an expertise and create a situation where they can’t tell you no. "
—Gwen Ifill, Moderator and Managing Editor, "Washington Week " and Senior Correspondent, "The PBS NewsHour "
- Paula Kerger on Media
"I also think the whole media landscape is evolving, there are a lot of new opportunities and particularly in journalism. In public broadcasting we’re also doing a lot of work online and using a lot of the different platforms. So I encourage young people looking at new careers, not locking themselves into a box too early….look for opportunities that will give you a breadth of experience."
—Paula Kerger, President & CEO, PBS
- Abbe Raven on Television
—Abbe Raven, President and CEO of AETN, A&E Television Networks
- Rosie O'Donnell
—Rosie O’Donnell, talk show host and comedian
- Idina Menzel on Theater
"Something I wish I could go back and do again, I wish I majored or minored in another humanity like an English major, something else that would enrich me as an artist instead of just being pigeon-holed to the acting all day long. I think I’d be a better songwriter, now I’m playing catch up….reading. I’m always trying to keep up to date with what’s going on, traveling…mostly of just that awareness it’s about opening up your mind to what’s out there and that’s how you become a more compassionate and empathetic person. "
—Idina Menzel, Tony Award-winning performer
- Cindi Berger
"Make sure they’ve done internships throughout their entire college experience. I think that’s the most important thing. If you can afford to do unpaid internships as long as it’s internships to get experience, I think that sets a strong foundation. "
—Cindi Berger, Chairman and CEO, PMK*BNC Public Relations
- Evelyn H. Lauder, Estee Lauder
"The best advice that I’d give any woman starting out in any career is to not give up. Continue doing everything they want to do and before you know it, you really will be able to succeed. In the beginning it’s very hard and most women get discouraged and they shouldn’t be. They need to stick with it and have determination to go forward; as you go forward and build a reputation, you’ll go from better job to better job. " Who did it come from? "My mother-in-law, Estee. She said. ‘Get it done yesterday!’ "
—Evelyn H. Lauder, Vice President, The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc
- Gina Sanders
"The best advice I could give is on the one hand, identify what it is you love and stick with it. On the other hand, be open to detours. It’s interesting because I wanted to be an English professor but I was also a competitive runner and while I was waiting to hear from graduate school, I pitched a marketing idea to a running shoe company and I never went to graduate school and never looked back! You never know in the mix of your passions what will lead you where."
—Gina Sanders, President and CEO of Fairchild Fashion Group
More on Lemonade Day:
- Lemonade Day Tips, By Sean Branagan
- genConnect Salutes Lemonade Day and Presents Entrepreneur Week
- National Lemonade Day: Little Entrepreneurs on How to Succeed in Business
More from Vicki Salemi:
- The Kings Speech: Four Tips on Giving a Stellar Speech
- Want to Land a New Job? Channel Your Inner Bahamian
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