CREW Summit 2022

Alison South Blog

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In June, I had the opportunity to travel with our CREW chapter’s President Elect and Delegate to the Spring Summit in Indianapolis (actually on my birthday!) I’ve never been to Indianapolis and the city actually surprised me. The architecture was traditional yet industrial and it was nice to see so many people walking in the streets. I was even more surprised to find how allergy friendly the city was. I had the best gluten free, vegan sandwich of my life at a quaint lunch spot near our hotel!
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CREW leadership summits present a whirlwind of information along with non-stop discussion! I love being in a room full of leaders who desire personal growth while enhancing their own personal CREW chapter. However, this year’s summit was even more transformative since Day One’s speaker rocked the house!

Cynthia D'Amour, MBA is a leadership strategist and president of People Power Unlimited. She's the author of seven books including The Lazy Leaders Guide to Outrageous Results. She helps associations get more members involved and successful women live delicious lives. Let me tell you, she woke us up to the inherent nature of what society has ingrained in women as a token "good girl" and how being a "bad girl" isn’t so bad.

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As a group we collectively came up with the Rules for being a "Good Girl" i.e. Be a polite lady – ALWAYS and dress modest, stay in the background and be humble.. 12 were created. Then we talked about the implications that come with following those rules like insecurity, burn-out, resentfulness, anxiety, stress, the list goes on. This opens up the disparity for others to see "good girls" as weak. As underappreciated, underpaid, given fewer opportunities to lead, you get my point.

Next we discussed the transformative shift from the narrative of "good girl" to one of being a "powerful woman"! Our table talked about how leadership attributes like transparency and honesty will help make this shift. Also, it’s key to support and celebrate one another more often. The members of our CREW chapter intend to put this impactful discussion into action by creating meaningful connections with our chapters.

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The remainder of the summit was incredible, but the first session of Day One with Cynthia will have to be one of my top summit experiences to date. Goodbye, GOOD GIRLS!
Jaclyn Szerdi Morrison