Inside the Party: Katie Couric Kicks Off the Women, Inspiration and Enterprise Symposium

Katie Couric & Catherine Malandrino
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Talk about girl power! Last night a crowd of accomplished women gathered to kick off the 4th Annual Women, Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) Symposium at The Standard in New York City. Katie Couric, Catherine Malandrino, Charlotte Ronson, Amanda de Cadenet and Lauren Bush Lauren were among the room full of female thought leaders in entertainment, tech, business, fitness, fashion and philanthropy, with Couric acting as host of the event. WIE's mission is to provide a platform for this generation’s women leaders to inspire and empower the next generation, and the Symposium (which continues through the weekend) is an innovative event that brings together smart, engaged, forward thinking women to expand their knowledge, learn from one another, and make a difference. The evening kicked off with an inspiring speech from Couric, who articulated the importance of women supporting one another. "I think we are all here together to support one another, to help each other," she stated. Couric expressed her excitement at seeing so many young women in attendance. "I’ve always wanted an opportunity to help pave the way and help mentor young women who are trying to find their way and who are trying to be successful in this world." Everyone was seated in the High Line Room, but no one stayed that way for long — the women mixed and mingled for most of the evening. The group was served champagne to celebrate their accomplishments, as well as a rich three-course meal of chickpea salad, striped bass and spiced lamp chops, and ginger ice cream over rhubarb crisp. In reaching your dreams, risk-taking is important, Couric told "Go into unchartered territory. Be courageous enough to accept that you’re not perfect and no one else is, and it's okay!" As the night went on, the attendees slowly departed to get to other work engagements or home to their families. Couric's parting words? "I always think of Madeleine Albright who said, 'there is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women,'" she voiced. "I totally believe that to be true."

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