‘I Learned It the Hard Way’ Panel Preview: Erin Skimson

Mar 3, 2016 | Client Stories

We’re so excited for Ignite. Empower. Innovate. 2016, we couldn’t wait to pick the brains of some of our brilliant session facilitators, panelists and keynote speakers. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know them before the conference and that you’ll take the opportunity to connect in person.

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The road to success isn’t without bumps, detours, and forks in the road. Our ‘I Learned It The Hard Way’ panel (part of the conference morning agenda) includes 4 successful female leaders who will each bring their wisdom and share their success scars with conference attendees.

We can’t wait to hear from Erin Skimson, Director of Intelligent Transportation Systems Product Marketing at Miovision Technologies, and member of Innovation Guelph’s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Miovision, Erin spent five years as the Director of the Catalyst Centre, University of Guelph’s commercialization office. She holds a B.Sc. in Health Education from Dalhousie University and an MBA from McMaster University. Erin is also an alumna of the Guelph/Wellington Community Leadership program.

Join us for what is sure to be a lively and insightful panel!

What skill do you think is most important for women to master in order to advance their career, and why?

“The confidence to recognize and communicate your skills broadly. Women often sell themselves short, only recognizing their abilities within a narrow discipline. Skills are transferable, and career advancement depends on having the courage to tell others why your background and experience makes you the best candidate for a new role. Go for it!”

What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of your career?

“Don’t take it all so seriously. Take care of yourself first. Worry about what you can control. Go outside for fresh air everyday.”

What do women need to lead in the 21st century economy?

1. Passion and energy, and humility (The pace of technology is kicking my butt!) 2. A willingness to be vulnerable (admit mistakes, ask for help, try new skills). 3. Create opportunities for other talented women (and men) to take on hot new roles and be recognized for their awesomeness. 4. Cut ourselves and each other some slack.

What part of the event are you most excited about?

“Learning from fantastic women who are willing to share their pearls of wisdom.”
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