On 6 September, this signature event, hosted and sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, had 72 people attending. Reflecting on her own experience, Speaker Ceci Zak highlighted how to identify and activate your GRIT (Gratitude, Resilience, Integrity and Tenacity) as well as how to find your happiness. GRIT is a concept shaped by Dr. Angela Duckworth that continues to make a big impact on many HBA members and those who attended last year’s HBA Annual Conference may remember Angela’s fantastic keynote.
Ceci Zak put her own spin on GRIT, explaining how we need to create our own "Decade Plan" and "Awesome List": “Create a decade plan with your key focus areas, match it to your passions and pick one thing to do in the next 30 days that brings you closer to your decade goal.” Far from a "conventional" speaking engagement, the audience was captivated by her courageous story of how she overcame traumatic life events with GRIT. A special thanks to Eli Lilly’s Soomin Park and Women’s Initiative for Leading at Lilly for the incredible help with this event.