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11 Quotes From Michelle Obama’s Inspiring Dreamforce Keynote

11 Quotes From Michelle Obama’s Inspiring Dreamforce Keynote

An estimated 170,000 people from around the world are gathering in San Francisco this week for Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference. This year the conference, which has featured heavyweight keynote speakers like Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates, brought former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Thousands of attendees waited in line hours before she went on stage to hear her speak. These were some of her best quotes and messages.

1. You have to make sure your life is on point to be a change maker.

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2. Maybe why these kids see us as “change makers” is because the possibility of us being “us” wasn’t anywhere in the picture growing up.

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3. What we want for our children should be what we want for all children, there should be no distinction.

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4. Self-care has been a critical part of my existence or success if you want to call it that. It’s not just about taking care of yourself, but it’s also about getting help and not being afraid to ask for help.

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5. I can accept my haters. I understand that they are being fed wrong information about me. If they don’t like me, they just don’t know me.

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6. I tell Barack someone’s going to have to internally combust on the street before people think this climate change thing might be real.

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7. I think it’s not because men don’t want to do better: I think it’s hard for you to solve problems for us because you don’t know us that well. You’re still learning us. So you need us at the table, in very senior positions where we can be in those conversations that help you think about hiring and how to build an organizational culture that actually supports women and makes them want to stay.

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8. When asked where her passion for women comes from: 
“Um… because I am a woman. Estrogen?”

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9. It’s not enough for us to walk through the door of success if we’re not reaching back and pulling everyone we can through that door with us.

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10. I can’t waste this seat. I can’t just think about my kids and my future. It’s not enough that Malia and Sasha are okay when I know there are millions of other kids just like them who aren’t getting the break they need.

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11. I want to make sure people know in their hearts that we live in a nation of really good people. And that includes the people who don’t like us, who don’t agree with us: they are decent people, trying to do the best they can for their families.

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