It was frustrating to be so close to LAX and not be jetting somewhere. But, then I visited the Global Women’s Summit and thoughts of exotic travel disappeared.
Hundreds of (mostly) female entrepreneurs from around the globe spent two days at the historic Women’s Information Network’s Expo at the Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom. Launched in 2009, and in 152 countries, WIN is run by Dr. Paula Fellingham, human relations expert and author. She gave the keynote speech, “The Total Woman: How to Create Personal, Family, and Business Success.”
WIN’s goal is to strengthen women and families worldwide through education, enlightenment, and entrepreneurism, in an effort to eradicate illiteracy, poverty, and hunger and to increase the level of love and peace on earth.
Other speakers included Mynoo Blackbyrn (WIN Prexy), Dr. Taira Koybaeva, Ambassador Mokhtar Lamani, Kathleen Niew, Barbara Niven, Janet Switzer, Renee Piane, Maria Simone, DC Cordova, Donna Fuller and Sabrina Gibson, Lauren Miller, Ineke Hurkmans, Tracey Trottenberg, a Susan Boyle video, Kelly Breaux, Edel Quinn Odongo, Anyango Jane Odongo, Dr. Letitia Wright, Riane Eisler, Sue Tonks, Ingun Bol, Ann Njeri, Lisa Schneiderman, and Norma Hollis.
The event wasn’t all about serious issues. At one point, two dozen women jumped onstage to act as backup dancers for Virgil Gibson, lead singer of The Platters. Lots of estrogen and in some cases, lack of, bandied together to celebrate the empowerment of women. There was even a hula hoop demo.
A Course in Miracles entrepreneur, Marianne Williamson, gave the keynote closing address. Looking 20 years younger, the motivational speaker and author opened her speech with talk of terrorism. The subject quickly turned to love: “Far more people love on this planet than hate.
“I was recently in Israel where I met the prime minister. He told me, ‘The majority of Israelis and Palestinians fear each other, but do not hate each other.’”
The motivator feels the majority of people are decent and have love in their hearts. She brought up Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi and the peace they were striving for.
“For those of us in this room, who come from countries where there is power and empowerment of women, it is our time. It’s not about getting more power, but about how we can forcefully and righteously use this power we have for our children, our planet, and our grandchildren.”
Williamson talked of her mother, who was a traditional housewife who took care of her husband, children, and home. She felt she wanted to something more important and go out there into the world. “On a metaphysical level, I came to understand, there is no ‘out there’! And the archetype for woman and homemaker should not be dismissed. Women are the mothers in the world and every child on this planet is one of our children!”
At a Q&A, Williamson brought up the Occupy Wall Street protest. “However, if you look at the broad blue wrinkle in human history, it’s not up close and personal. If you step back, you see the mobility. While it is true that individuals are complicated, there’s a group consciousness. Something beautiful happens.”
Sue Facter owns a news agency that specializes in luxury brand development. Her work has appeared in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Women’s Day Australia, on broadcasts, and the web. Follow her on Twitter @TheFacter.