In addition to our sessions, we enjoyed attending many of the other great sessions organized at the event this year. Michelle Obama’s first post-White House speaking engagement did not disappoint! She spoke about her transition to private life after leaving the White House, the importance of investing in our cities, supporting education for children and flexibility for women in the workforce. She shared her personal story of advocating for herself in terms of an increase in salary and flexible work hours as a working mother trying to balance it all. One thing she said which stood out to us was, “Education, to my mind, is key to giving women the voice, the structure, the strategy, the tools to improve their conditions. Because if you change the life of a woman, you change the life of a community, a family, a nation.”
As the closing keynote, Amy Cuddy ended the conference on a strong, inspiring note with her talk on power. She explained the thinking of the power-pose which teaches people to be present and confidently affects their behavior. Amy told the audience her story of her biggest challenge and how in the critical moment she gave the worst Elevator Pitch in the history of elevator pitches. She explained how this taught her the need of power and how approaching a challenge with self-doubt and anxiety is not being present. Presence reveals itself when we believe our story, convey confidence without arrogance and communicate harmoniously.
It was an exciting, fun and invigorating few days. We’ve pulled together some our top tweets from sessions we led to sessions we loved and everything in between. How was your conference experience?
We are pleased to announce that Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Chestnut Hill is the recipient of the 2021 IIDA NE Health and Wellness Award. This award celebrates projects that promote health and well-being and consider physical, mental and emotional effects on building occupants.
As a fundamentally patient focused facility, the project is an antidote to the most stressful and challenging of life experiences. A series of tactile, natural elements including wood benches, walls and soffit panels bring a coherence to the project while visually and physically embracing occupants. Three central themes, shelter, light and connectivity, guided the team and owner throughout the process, reinforcing these concepts to ensure patient and staff wellbeing.
Learn more about this project on our website. Visit www.payette.com