I’m honored to be one of the Weizmann Advocates for Curiosity for the American Committe for the Weizmann Institute of Science, along with some of the most accomplished people I’ve been privileged to meet.
One of these people is Claudia Chan, the founder of the SHE Summit.
Claudia is an accomplished, empowered leader. She created S.H.E. Globl Media, a women’s media & education company to empower women to lead the best personal and professional life they can. As such, they can become role models for other women.
SHE Summit 2016
Claudia’s effort to bring positive messages and coping strategies to a wide audience of women both in person and with live streaming is the SHE Summit annual Global Women’s Leadership & Lifestyle Event. It brings together women who want to do more, better and lead more positive lives through a two-day intensive program of speakers.
This year, the SHE summit was held at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. I don’t know exactly how many women attend in total, but there were hundreds of women there. I talked to a few of them, and most were either curious, or just felt they wanted some additional inspiration. One woman I spoke to said she has never heard of SHE Summit before, but her company selected her to attend. She was so excited about what she was hearing.
Citizen Watch Sponsorship
Citizen Watch was one of the sponsors of the SHE Summit this year, and also sponsored a panel discussion at the event themed around “Time Well Spent.”
This seems fitting because so many women just don’t have enough time in their lives!
Along with Citizen Watch Executive Ellen Seckler and moderator Claudia Chan there were two Citzen Watch Ambassadors: Vegan Chef Chloe Coscarelli and Multi-Grammy Award wining singer Kelly Clarkson
It was fascinating to hear these accomplished women share their thoughts about how they manage their time. Ellen admitted that while she needs to bring her “A” game at work and stay competitive there, even a long plane flight to Japan brings her a chance to have a bit of “me” time because, for her, there’s just not enough hours in the day. Kelly admitted that she can’t do it all, and has learned to speak up for what she wants, and ask for help. That’s just the tip of the wisdom iceberg from this one wonderful session I spent at the SHE Summit. To watch two fabulous video clips of Kelly Clarkson talking about her life and career and a shameless selfie of me with Kelly, visit my Instagram Account (@advicesisters) . Everyone agreed that sometimes you just have to agree that you can’t be perfect at everything, you just do what you can do the best way you know how. You could hear a pin drop in that audience!
Meeting Kelly Clarkson
After the “Time Well Spent” session, the four women gathered for photos, but a small group of media had a chance to meet privately with Kelly Clarkson. At just 19 years of age Kelly won the inaugural season of American Idol. Since then she has earned including three Grammy Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, and two Academy of Country Music Awards. If singing and acting and helping to manage a huge career isn’t enough, she’s also a very involved mom and wife!
We got a chance to ask questions. I was put on the spot to ask the first one, so I simply asked if Kelly always wanted to be a singer (duh! But maybe she wanted to be a teacher, or an astronaut..how would I know unless I asked)? To our surprise, she said that she always wanted to sing, but that she originally had planned to be a backup singer. When she won American Idol of course, all of that changed.
But the big take-away from our Q&A session is that women who are in the spotlight either shy away from it, or learn to embrace it. Kelly embraces it. She lights up the room. She’s high energy and had everyone laughing. Her lessons learned weren’t so easy or always joyful. She was raised by a single mom, and once she became famous very young, she needed to develop a spine (to stand up to intimidation from people who otherwise would direct her where she didn’t want to be) and get a rhino skin (to shrug off hurtful comments and media) and above to know what she wanted and embrace it to enjoy life. She was really inspiring.
Kelly was raised by a single mom, and once she became famous very young, she needed to develop a spine (to stand up to intimidation from people who otherwise would direct her where she didn’t want to be) and get a rhino skin (to shrug off hurtful comments and media) and most importantly, to know what she wanted and embrace it to enjoy life.
She was really inspiring.
The Citizen Ambiluna Watch Collection
I couldn’t help noticing the LIMITED EDITION CITIZEN L AMBILUNA EG7000-01A ( MSRP $1850) that Kelly Clarkson was wearing. It’s stunning.
The Citizen Ambiluna has only been out in the United States a couple of months. Kelly’s ultra-luxe version has a semi-opaque moon-glazed sapphire crystal watch face and a lightweight Super Titanium™ case. A serene strap of Japanese Nishijin platinum fabric shines subtly on the wrist.
Although Kelly wasn’t wearing the companion pieces, the Limited Edition Citizen L Ambiluna comes paired with an original bangle and clutch made from the same Nishijin material. I happened to be near the Citizen Watch Flagship store in NYC’s Times Square, so I went in to get a closer look, and took a photo of the set *the watch and set is a platinum silver color, but my photo just makes it look gold!
To my delight, however, I received an Ambiluna as well, the rose gold version below:
This Citizen L. Ambiluna watch (msrp. $425) looks like fine jewelry on your wrist. A photo doesn’t do it justice. The stainless steel rose-gold-tone watch case and bracelet and rose-gold-tone dial also feature the semi-opaque moon- glazed sapphire crystal signature watch face. The bracelet band, sparkles in brushed and shiny links. The clasp is hidden so it really does look like a bracelet. This is the watch to get, this year.
As you can see from the photo above, there are other Ambiluna watches as well. Which one is on your wish list?! Learn more at www.citizenwatch.com
*all photos of the SHE Summit (C) 2016 Alison Blackman