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5 Ways to Build a Successful Personal and Professional Life

Oct 14, 2015, by Elizabeth Boten
Tags: CINO, Executive Insights

In 2005, Internet2’s Chief Innovation Officer Florence Hudson mapped out her “original life plan,” charting her course and envisioning and setting her goals for work, family, finances, and community. Hudson recommends others do the same; develop a plan and stick with it and hold yourself accountable to become the star you were meant to be.

This week in Nashville, at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Annual Conference, Hudson will speak on how “Collaborative Innovation Communities enable the Internet of Things” at the event and her presentation was selected from more than 800 proposals. She will also present “From Engineer to Senior Vice President -- The Long and Winding Road," detailing her career path and offering advice to others on how to achieve their professional dreams. She will share five steps she took to realize a successful personal and professional life. This includes:

  • Planning your life to achieve your purpose
  • Believing in yourself, especially when others don’t believe in you
  • Building your support network
  • Following your instincts, including living your values; and
  • Enhancing your skills

“I am pleased to represent the Internet2 community at this exciting event, and appreciate the opportunity to share my personal story, in hopes that it will encourage the Internet2 and SWE communities to continue working hard to achieve their dreams,” said Hudson.

Brought to you by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), WE—the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology attracts a global audience of more than 8,000 women at all stages of their engineering careers. From young collegiates interested in internships or their all-important first jobs, to seasoned professionals seeking new opportunities to grow, thousands will gather in Music City.

Hudson will present on Thursday, Oct. 22 and will be tweeting from the event.

Learn more about Hudson.