An invitation to participate in a global women’s gathering as an emerging leader landed in my inbox last spring—with the event just a few weeks away. The invite mentioned peer-to-peer mentoring, cross-generational learning and problem-solving on big issues I cared about. But I was bone tired, having made monthly international work trips for months on end. I wasn’t sure of my role at the gathering. The agenda wasn’t clear, which is usually my top filter for deciding to participate in something. I wasn’t sure how the group’s work would mesh with my organization’s work. And I was daunted by the names of prominent women cited in the invitation. My logical mind told me to say no.