Head of Institutional Business encourages women to connect and learn from one another
Teresa Hassara, Executive Vice President and Head of TIAA-CREF's Institutional Business, hosted an energizing and enlightening panel discussion, “Life Balance and Survival Strategies in a 'Lean In' World," at the sold-out Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston last week.
Teresa shared advice for balancing work, life and family, along with five other female thought leaders, representing diverse backgrounds and each bringing unique perspectives to the conversation (panelists included Camille Change Gilmore, vice president, human resources, interventional cardiology and global chief diversity officer, Boston Scientific; Lynn Tinney, vice president Americas channel, Riverbed Technology; Lisa Belkin, author and chief national correspondent, Yahoo News; Gail Sheehy, best-selling author, Passages and Daring: My Passages; Katrina Alcorn, author, Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink).
“It's exhilarating to see other women breaking through their fears and taking action, Teresa said as she related conversations she's had with participants of TIAA-CREF's Financial Empowerment Series of interactive workshops and networking events. These programs — along with the Woman2Woman online community — allow women to discuss in an open, supportive environment the challenges they face.
Hassara's advice for the nearly 2,000 women in attendance was sincere and to the point: “Be self-aware, know where you are in your life story, and be honest and clear."
Along with these three guiding principles, which the mother of four has used to achieve balance in her own life, Teresa encouraged women to connect with one another, to share their own life stories and to learn from one another.
“Our participation at this conference underscores our commitment to women," said Hassara. “Like our workshops and online community, attending events like this help us to inspire more women to take action."
About the Massachusetts Conference for Women
Now in its 10th year, the event is the largest women's conference in the country and provides connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for more than 10,000 attendees. Nationally recognized speakers, presenters and panelists present on topics in business, media, health, personal development and finance. Some of this year's keynote speakers included, former First Lady, Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, American lifestyle brand designer Tory Burch, Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and Co-founder of the Life is good® Company John Jacobs.