By Erin Arvedlund
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This year’s Pennsylvania Conference for Women included an appearance and discussion with former first lady Michelle Obama. In an hour-long discussion moderated by television writer and producer Shonda Rimes, Obama dispensed career advice to the women at the conference, encouraging them to “make your voice heard, or speak up, even in the White House.”
Michelle Obama confessed that her years in the White House were a whirlwind during an appearance before thousands of convention-goers at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Center City on Tuesday, but the former first lady stayed largely away from politics and the current president.
“The last eight to 10 years I felt like I was just running. It felt like being shot out of a cannon,” Obama said. “I was trying to develop initiatives and keep the girls’ lives normal. It was a constant feeling of not doing enough.”
In an hour-long discussion moderated by television writer and producer Shonda Rimes, Obama dispensed career advice to the women at the conference, encouraging them to “make your voice heard, or speak up, even in the White House.”
During her career as a lawyer, Obama said, “a lot of times at the table I would realize someone’s an impostor, like ‘You are a fool.'”
Currently, she’s working on completing a book that should be released “around this time next year.”
She also commented briefly on the carnage in Las Vegas: “My heart goes out to the victims and their families.”
Obama didn’t mention President Trump by name during the session, though she seemed to allude to him. “On our campaign trail [in 2008] the bar just kept moving. You’d meet it and then the bar would change,” Obama said.
Referring to the White House now, she lowered her hand in a step-down motion and said: “It’s amazing to watch.”