5 Life Mantras from L.A. Magazine’s Breakfast Conversation About Women and Competition

The panelists shared their sentence-long secrets to success

On Monday, Los Angeles magazine hosted an L.A. Woman Breakfast Conversation about the importance of competition, in partnership with the nonprofit organization XPRIZE. The panel, moderated by Editor-in-Chief Mary Melton, included Olympian and three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Mayor of West Hollywood Lindsey Horvath, Olympian and VP of the International Olympic Committee Anita L. DeFrantz, Producer and President of Storefront Pictures Susan Cartsonis, and Senior Vice President of Prizes at XPRIZE Eileen Bartholomew.

The women discussed the role that competition plays in their lives and the importance of teamwork and not being afraid to ask for help. They also offered up their personal mantras. The result: some serious, if short, inspiration:

Kerri Walsh Jennings: “Breathe, Believe, Battle.”

Lindsey Horvath: “No one is equal unless everyone is equal.”

Susan Cartsonis: “Process informs product.”

Eileen Bartholomew: “Approach problems through an abundance-mindset, and not a scarcity-mindset.”

Anita L. DeFrantz: “No regrets.”