The SP+ Women’s Advisory Forum (WAF) sponsored Nicole Hankins (VP/RMIII, Seattle/ Portland/ Western Canada) and Alison McCarthy (FM, Special Events in Cincinnati), mentor and mentee, respectively, to attend the Ellevate Summit in New York City. The event hosted 30 speakers who covered topics focused around empowerment, innovation and creating change.

Nicole & Alison”I was inspired by some of the brightest minds in business, diversity and inclusion. I took away a clear message on what I can do today, as an individual, to create change. Networking with other women in leadership positions was a valuable opportunity to share ideas,” Nicole commented about her experience.

“The quote from Actor Kevin Spacey was used by Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark who spoke about mobilizing the power of women,” Alison shared of her most memorable takeaway. “If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.”

“I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned. From networking and meeting with my mentor to listening and learning from the speakers—my entire experience was outstanding,” Alison added.