"On behalf of Diablo Valley College's Hotel and Restaurant Management Program and its students, I would like to thank you for a magnificent keynote speech. Your words enhanced the evening's event, but most importantly enriched the lives of the students in attendance. You captured the minds and hearts of the students and they have not stopped commenting on what an inspiration you were to all of them. Again, thank you."

Leslie Styles, President
Diablo Valley College Hotel and Restaurant Management Program

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Report From The 3% Conference

(posted: November 17th, 2013)

Congratulations to Kat Gordon for executing another amazing conference this year - she worked hard to create an event that was chock full of amazing speakers and great information!

I was thrilled to facilitate one of the panel discussions at the conference, on unleashing your inner entrepreneur.

Some of the wisdom from these women:

If you choose to be vulnerable and courageous then you have to let go of the need for comfort. Especially for entrepreneurs.

  • If everyone is comfortable then I am not doing my job.
  • We need to be pushing and stretching.
  • Create a culture where discomfort is normal. Where people understand that if you are uncomfortable that means you are doing what you need to be doing.

"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result."

One of the most empowering moments of the conference overall was when P.J. Pereira of Pereira & O'Dell told of a time his mom, who'd had a busy work life, asked him if he ever wished she had been home more for him when he was younger. P.J. said, "I never felt I was being neglected. Instead I felt I had a rock star mom!"