Category Archives: Speaker Articles
The upside to Ellen Pao’s lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins: It brought workplace sexism out into the open, making it part of the national conversation for several weeks. But even after the court ruled against Pao, women everywhere continued to talk about the subtle and not-so-subtle forms of sex discrimination that take place in the office. What’s the best way to handle them? Could Pao have stood up … [ more ]
Sure, hour-long workouts are great if you have the time. But for the other 362 days of the year, you need to exercise more efficiently. Hello, Micro-Workouts! “The idea, backed by science, is that if you work out smarter, you don’t have to work out longer,” says Chris Jordan, director of exercise physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute and creator of the original 7-minute workout that was … [ more ]
Alert TMZ! Aliza Licht, aka DKNY PR GIRL, has a past: The smart, funny and oh-so au currant voice on Twitter was once a science geek. “It’s true—I majored in neurobiology and physiology in preparation for medical school,” says Licht. But before she got there, she realized her true calling was for a career in fashion—and after a few years in magazines and almost 17 years at Donna Karan International, … [ more ]
Editing a colleague’s report, taking meeting notes, refilling the printer paper tray—the non-job-description stuff you do at work to help someone, your team or the company at large has a name. “Office housework”—and as at home, the bulk of it falls to women, who mostly do it to little acknowledgment, let alone acclaim, reported Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in a recent New York Times article. What’s more, they say, … [ more ]
Of course your work should speak for itself, but you can’t assume it’ll always be heard and appreciated. “People are busy, they don’t have time to pay attention to everything—and sometimes even good work gets overlooked,” says Jonah Berger, Wharton School professor and bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On. “Don’t over-claim, but also don’t be ashamed to be a good spokesperson for your accomplishments.” Here, Berger’s advice about wielding … [ more ]
“It’s said that experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want,” says Christine Tsai, founding and managing partner of 500 Startups, a venture capital seed fund. “If that’s the case, then I’ve amassed heaps of experience over the years.” Tsai, who graduated from college “at the worst possible time—right after the dot com bust” and tried several times to get a transfer at Google before moving … [ more ]
By Nancy Fares, Vice President, Freescale Semiconductor Every day young women join the workforce and inevitably one day find themselves pondering the choice of a “career” or a “life.” I chose both! There are always exceptions, but I believe most of us have the opportunity to do the same. I am no expert, but rather a practitioner like you. As a technology executive, mother of two, wife, daughter and friend, … [ more ]
Even people who like math can struggle with major financial decisions. “The problem is that many of us don’t have a simple mental framework for how to allocate our income, and absent it, we can’t tell if we’re going off the reservation,” says Manisha Thakor, director of wealth strategies for women at The BAM Alliance and co-author of On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance. … [ more ]
Turns out you don’t have to search long or hard for women’s stories of courage at work—especially when you have our contact list! We asked and were swamped with responses. Here’s the first installment of fear-defying deeds and what our speakers and friends have learned from them. Be prepared to be inspired.
Whether you just started a career or are three promotions into it, chances are you will be doing something different when you reach retirement age. “Career paths aren’t what they were for our grandparents and parents who climbed the ladder at one company or in one field,” says Jessica Bacal, director of the Wurtele Center for Work and Life at Smith College and author of Mistakes I Made at Work: … [ more ]
If you want a bigger job but haven’t gone after it, or you dream of doing something entirely different but have stayed put, you’re not a coward. You’re only human. Fear is a protective mechanism, and whether it’s a fear of lions or the fear of failure, “it can feel so real we think we’re going to die,” says Vanessa Loder, a former investment banker who is now an executive … [ more ]
Having worked for nearly two decades at the New York Times, where deadlines are constant and accuracy is paramount, Jill Abramson knows stress. The former executive editor’s threshold for it is probably higher than it is for most; she’s the first woman to lead the “newspaper of record”—and her abrupt dismissal was controversial. But as a journalist and top manager, Abramson has felt or seen it all, from the strain … [ more ]
Pop quiz: You’re in a meeting with upper management. Though you think that watching paint dry would be more interesting, how should you sit? If your answer, like most people’s, involves a straight back and perfect posture, you would probably be mistaken for an intern or newbie employee, says Janine Driver, body language expert for NBC’s The Today Show and New York Times bestselling author of You Say More Than … [ more ]
By Pam LeBlanc, Feature Writer, Austin American-Statesman Oh the horror. Here it is January, when everyone suddenly becomes an exercise junkie. A month ago you had the gym to yourself. You never had to wait for a machine or circle the lot to park your car.
If you think 95 percent of running a meeting is showing up, you probably don’t accomplish much in them. Like most things in life, a well-run meeting takes forethought and planning, says Amanda Bruno, an attorney and director of special projects at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Take these tips from women executives—and never let your meetings waste time or reflect poorly on your leadership skills again.
A promotion? Going into business for yourself? No New Year’s resolution is too out there if you’re serious about it. “The key is making it actionable and measurable,” says Dan Schawbel, founder and managing partner of Millenial Branding and author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success. Turn your resolution into reality this year with this simple 5-step plan!
Courtesy of ExxonMobil Innovation is defined as the act of introducing new acts or methods to lead to better solutions and/or products. Indeed, innovation sits at the heart of the engineering profession. As engineering and technology continue to be ever more important to our lives, we need to ensure more of our students, especially our academically prepared young women, pursue careers in engineering. Not only will this support greater diversity … [ more ]
As 2014 winds down and we all marvel at how quickly the year passed, thoughts about our contributions to the world and humanity inevitably come up. For some of us, these thoughts are passing wishes, but for some they’re deep career regrets. Whether you are just daydreaming about greener pastures or seriously contemplating a leap over the proverbial fence, here’s what you need to know about the nonprofit sector, from … [ more ]
Long before Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar for her first major movie role (Patsey in 12 Years a Slave) and graced the covers of Vogue, Marie Claire and People, she was a 16-year-old from Kenya moving halfway around the world by herself to study in Mexico, where her parents lived when she was born. She says she was “excited but mainly terrified.” But she set off with courage, which is … [ more ]
Backrubs are a nice way to relax if you have the money or a kind partner. Same goes for practicing yoga on top of a mountain or cruising around the Greek Islands. For the rest of us who aren’t reality TV stars, here’s what 25 women who have spoken at the Conference for Women do in their daily life to decompress, recharge and stay positive: