Giuliana Rancic 2011 Smart Women Speaker

September 28th, 2011

By Tina Tyus-Shaw

(Savannah, GA.)  Entertainment Journalist and Co-Anchor of E! News Giuliana Rancic says life is really about faith, following your dreams, and always being good to others.

She was the keynote speaker at today’s Smart Women’s Luncheon and Expo put on by Saint Joseph’s/Candler.
Rancic shared her personal experience of being a young Italian immigrant and being told by her second grade teacher that she couldn’t achieve her Anchorwoman dream.

Between that roadblock and a battle with scoliosis in high school — passion and determination helped her become the force she is today.

Her advice to women and men — don’t give up.  Be true to yourself.  “In my life, and just like a lot of people, people try to tear you down, and it’s their problem.  It’s not your problem.  It’s about them trying to control you, and so I just always thought you know I’ve got to think about myself cause if no one else. If I’m not thinking about myself, who the heck’s going to look out for me? So I tried not to listen to what people said and I followed my heart and I really stayed true to who I was.”

Giuliana says the dark path can get you to your destination, you will find light, and it will motivate you to do bigger things.
Here’s her advice for Smart Women. “I think the most important thing is know that if you work hard, you’re the first one to the office, the last one to leave, you truly give it your all and you don’t use the word no a lot. You use yes more than you use no that you have a good attitude. It will pay off.”

Rancic also says be nice to everyone you meet — because you never know when you’ll run into them again or need them to excel.

After her speech, Giuliana had time for only one question.  And of course –News Three’s JoAnn Merrigan’s hand shot up in the air. 
JoAnn asked Giuliana the toughest question of all — just how tall is Ryan Seacrest? “You are six feet tall, Ryan.”

More than 1,200 people attended the Smart Women’s Luncheon.
Proceeds will benefit Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital.
WSAV is a proud sponsor of this annual event.