At the Omega Women’s Leadership Center 2013 Women & Power Retreat, Carla Goldsteinsolicited presenters’ advice on how emerging women leaders can find their own strength. Here are her six big takeaways.

1. AnchorWhen we are riding the waves of life and feel especially tossed and turned by its storms,Elizabeth Lesser beckons us to drop anchor and root firmly in our emotional center of kindness, compassion and interconnectedness, no matter the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Elizabeth spoke of the daily acts of courage, backbone and strength of caretakers such as teachers, nurses, nannies, parents, farmers, healers and social workers and told the story of Antionette Tuff, the bookkeeper at an Atlanta elementary school who prevented another massive school shooting from happening. Antointette, who calmly and lovingly spoke to the gunman, says that she practices what her pastor called anchoring, first anchoring in one’s inner strength, and then letting empathy and compassion lead the way. Anchored strength in service of compassion averted a national tragedy. To anchor is to remember who we are, what we are doing, how we are living, and what values we are serving and why.

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