Huffington tells women to lead, but also sleep
Published 10:38 pm, Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Web entrepreneur Arianna Huffington told a group of Greenwich women Wednesday night to "put themselves in the picture," inviting them to be part of the conversation about major events and issues affecting the world.
Huffington, speaking to the Junior League of Greenwich, was referring to the impetus for a wildly popular feature on her website, The Huffington Post, which encouraged mothers to take pictures of themselves instead of just their children, saying it was a metaphor for life in general.
"We always find reasons not to be in the picture, and it became one of those sensations," Huffington said.
Huffington did share the stage at Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium with her boss at AOL, Greenwich resident Tim Armstrong, but the focus was mostly on women's issues -- and female leadership -- during the discussion at the Junior League's membership meeting.
Questioned by Armstrong about the major trends that would be shaping The Huffington Post, which AOL purchased two years ago, Huffington said health care was a major issue that her site, and women, will address. Seguing into a discussion of work/life balance, Huffington mentioned a new smartphone app her company recently launched.
Called GPS for the Soul, the app determines stress levels by measuring heart rates and provides tips for staying calm.
The wellness sphere is "huge for women," Huffington said, and an area where they can take on leadership roles.
Asked by an audience member for advice on climbing the corporate ladder, Huffington told the women "not to see it as a ladder, see it as a jungle gym."
Making a lateral move might not advance your career, but it could help you learn something new and grow all the same, she said.
"For me it's really & a ruthless prioritizing," said Huffington, who has two daughters, referring to how she balances her life with a growing media empire, noting that she now prioritizes sleep -- her office in New York City has a "nap room" -- and joking that Armstrong was "still sleeping with his Blackberry."
Armstrong did take a moment to address the "future of the Internet," saying that despite the fact that cell phone coverage is spotty in Greenwich, he believes that sometime in the next several years, there will be broadband access everywhere, and local events such the New Year's Day polar bear plunge at Greenwich Point will be broadcast live.
Speaking about how the editors at The Huffington Post choose which stories to focus on and promote, Huffington said they plan to pay more attention to youth unemployment, an issue she doesn't think is getting enough press.
It seems to take a back seat to such things as predictions for the 2016 presidential race. With college graduates not able to have the same standard of living as their parents, it's the "antithesis to the American dream," she said.
"That's one of my big concerns that we are ignoring these big issues and playing these parlor games," Huffington said.