Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women (although I’ve lived in NYC for 16+ years,  I was born and raised in Indiana, hence the connection).  My esteemed panelists:

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Opening Keynote Panel (l to r): Jim Citrin (Chairman, Spencer Stewart), Sheryl Conley (CEO, Orthoworx), Traci Dolan (CAO, ExactTarget), Val Grubb, Staci Lyons (VP, Oracle), Myra Selby (Partner, Ice Miller) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Martha Stewart and Charlotte Beers (former Chairwoman of Ogilvy & Mather and former Undersecretary of State for Colin Powell) gave the luncheon keynote address:

Keynote Session (l to r): Sydnie Kohara (former CBS & CNBC News Anchor), Martha Stewart and Charlotte Beers

Although I’m kinda so-so on Martha (I’ve heard she is a bit of a lunatic to work for and at times, she’s almost a tad too perfect for me – perhaps it’s just jealousy?!).  However, she offers some great advice on travel in her new book Living the Good Long Life:

Beyond providing a necessary mental break, mounting evidence shows that vacations are important to your physical health.  Information from the Framingham Heart Study found that women who took at least two vacations a year were less likely to develop coronary hearth disease or have a heart attack than those who took a vacation only every six years or less.  These findings have been substantiated in follow-up research.  Another study by researchers at the State University of New York and the University of Pittsburgh focused on middle-aged men at high risk for coronary heart disease.  They found that those who did not take vacation every year had a 21 percent higher risk of death from all causes and were 32 percent more likely to die of a heart attack.

So let’s get out there and plan some vacations!