The keynote speaker at the fifth annual Indiana Conference For Women in Indianapolis is emphasizing the importance of "putting on our own oxygen mask first." Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington says, in a culture that "glamorizes working 24-7," many workers and business owners end up burning out, making bad decisions and getting sick more often. She spoke to more than 1,500 business and community leaders at the event, which is the largest of its kind in the Midwest.
During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Huffington stressed the importance of off-time to increase productivity, which she calls "The Sleep Revolution." She is promoting her new book of the same name.
Huffington also discussed one of the keys to her success. She says she often remembers advice from her mother that failure is not the opposite of success, but a stepping stone to success. Huffington says keeping that in mind "gives us permission to take risks," especially for women, who she says can often be perfectionists.
The conference included panels and breakout sessions focusing on women’s business issues including pay equity, board representation and access to capital. Other keynote speakers included ForbesWoman President and Publisher Moira Forbes and event co-founders Billie Dragoo and Deborah Collins Stephens. Inside INdiana Business Television Host Gerry Dick delivered opening remarks.