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Proud to be Ambitious

Experiencing this communion regarding quashed ambition in the workplace made for a uniquely warm environment of shared struggle and victory. Often women don't feel seen or heard in the workplace and are not given upward mobility. "You have to stand out, you have to be different, you have to be innovative. But truly being the only one...that's the difficult thing," said Ayse Ildeniz. Kirsten Wolberg told us that in order to overcome these pressures you can't be dependent on other people's approval, you have the confidence in yourself. Hearing the panelist's advice suffused the room with inspiration and empowerment.

"Stay relevant and take some risks. I've had a lot of people take risks on me, but I've actually taken even more risks on myself." - Ranjana Clark

"If you feel in power and in control, keep moving. The moment I get comfortable, I go, 'Okay, let's change!' and jump into the next ocean." - Ayse Ildeniz

"I have always lived this way - walking into a room chin up, shoulders back." - Kirsten Wolberg

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