Category Archives: Speaker Articles

Facing the Gender Gap Today—for Success Tomorrow

By Pat Milligan, Senior Partner and Regional President-North America, and Brian Levine, Partner, Mercer Tomorrow’s workforce is taking shape today. But business leaders should ask themselves if they have adequately addressed the issue of gender equality and are on a path to building greater workforce diversity.

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‘Walk Your Talk’ and Other Inspiring Advice from Nobelist Leymah Gbowee

Since being internationally recognized for co-leading a women’s movement that ended the most recent civil war in Liberia, Leymah Gbowee has hardly rested on her (Nobel) laurels. She continues to work for women, peace and security issues, founding The Gbowee Peace Foundation to provide education to women and underprivileged youth as well as serving as a global ambassador for Oxfam International and as a member of the UNHCR High Level … [ more ]

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Lessons from Off the Beaten (Career) Path

Borrowing clothes to put on models for photo shoots—in this behind-the-scenes-reality-TV-show world, we all know that’s what a stylist does. But back when Kemal Harris was quitting her day job to become a stylist in her small Canadian town, it was a far-fetched idea rather than an actual job description. “My parents didn’t understand it. They asked, ‘Are you making the clothes?’” recalls Harris, laughing. “They thought I was crazy.”

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Q&A: Rachael Ray on Her First Job, Being the Boss and Eating Healthy at Work

Even though she has 22 cookbooks, four TV shows, a lifestyle magazine and a line of dog and cat food, don’t call Rachael Ray a one-woman-cottage-industry. “I don’t like those terms,” she says. “It sounds like I created an ‘evil empire’ or something.” Her success wasn’t plotted out: “I just enjoy working, I enjoy people and I enjoy food. So, I do what I love; the TV just sort of … [ more ]

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Business Advice for Optimists

Before The Life Is Good Company was a going concern, let alone a $100 million business selling positive messaging on apparel and accessories, it was two brothers—Bert and John Jacobs—peddling their artwork on T-shirts at a trade show. They had decided to wear suits to look more mature, but toward the end of that day, a customer asked what was with the suits—they didn’t seem like the kind of guys … [ more ]

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Conquer Your Worst Work Habits

Even if you’ve been doing your writing at the 11th hour since college or you can’t stop checking your email to save your life, your bad habits are breakable. The key is not focusing on one fix and giving up when it doesn’t stick (for the proverbial 30 days). “We think there’s a one-size-fits-all solution, but different things work for different people,” says Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author … [ more ]

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How to Know When You’ve Outgrown Your Job and Other Lessons Learned on the Way to the C-Suite

Senior advisors to Cabinet members aren’t usually known for causing big stirs, but that’s exactly what happened when, in 2011, Anne-Marie Slaughter left her dream job as director of policy planning at the State Department and returned to an academic career that gave her more time for her family. Slaughter wrote about her decision in an essay that got people talking, “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” and now president … [ more ]

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12 Reasons More Women Should Be at the Wheel

Of course, we’re not exactly unbiased on the topic of female power and primacy. We’re also not trying to instigate some global insurgency or battle of the sexes. But we do believe we’ve identified a new gender gap: women are better at running things like, say, the world. To back up our theory, we turned to upcoming speakers. Here’s how they completed the sentence: “When a woman is in charge….”

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Paid Maternity Leave for a Year: Coming Soon to a Company Near You?

Last month, prospective parents in Silicon Valley had reason to cheer: Adobe, Microsoft and Netflix announced that new moms and dads could take off, respectively, 12 weeks, 16 weeks and one year—paid. (At Adobe, birth moms can take 10 additional weeks of medical leave, and at Microsoft, they can take 8 more weeks of paid disability.) The companies joined Google (18 weeks for birth moms) and Facebook (four months for … [ more ]

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Handling Emotions at the Office

Crying or otherwise showing your disappointment, frustration, anger or stress at work can seem incredibly embarrassing. “You feel like a loser for losing control, but there’s nothing to be ashamed about the occasional display of feeling,” says Anne Kreamer, serial entrepreneur and author of It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace. “Emotions are not criminal elements.” Still, knowing how to comport yourself will help in the moment and … [ more ]

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Courage Training for Civilians

On her third tour of duty in Afghanistan, rescue helicopter pilot MJ Hegar and her crew were Medevacing three American soldiers who urgently needed surgery when they took fire from a large belt-fed machine gun. Still, they lifted off, determined to save the wounded soldiers’ lives. But with their fuel lines hit, they had to crash land. Hegar, who sustained shrapnel in her arm and thigh, fought the enemy off … [ more ]

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What You Really Need to Do to Move Up

Do you undermine yourself when you talk? If you say “just” a lot (as in, just checking in or this will just take a minute), former Google executive Ellen Petry Leanse says yes. In her LinkedIn blog post, which got a lot of people talking this summer, she claims that women say the word a lot more than men, and that the tendency can undercut one’s clarity and credibility.

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Best Reads for Staying on Top of Every Industry

Being in the know about news and trends is key to success in almost every field. In our first annual reading survey, 51% of respondents said that they read to stay up-to-date daily, while 33% said they read weekly, 11% said monthly and 5% said quarterly or infrequently. Here, in the spirit of collegial sharing, are the apps, blogs, newsfeeds, newsletters, periodicals, websites and writers recommended by survey respondents, and … [ more ]

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Negotiation Tips That Work for Women

Compared to men, women tend to be less successful at negotiating— especially compensation—not because we’re bad at it. But because “we simply don’t do it,” says Margaret Ann Neale, the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of Getting (More of) What You Want. “We’re socialized to want to be liked, and when we negotiate, we’re perceived as being demanding, greedy and not nice.” … [ more ]

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Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact

A fact of life they didn’t tell you middle school: You’ll likely be flying solo at some point during your retirement, if not at the start. “From the age of 65 to the end of life, most American women are single, and if they lost a partner, their standard of living drops,” says Kerry Hannon, a retirement and personal finance expert and author most recently of Love Your Job: The … [ more ]

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From Rancher’s Daughter to….

By Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dell Spending my youth on a horse and cattle ranch in Texas, I never imagined that my career path would lead me from the Peace Corps in Bolivia to leadership roles at the United Nations Foundation and now to my current job as Dell’s entrepreneur-in-residence, supporting entrepreneurial growth on a global scale. I mean can a girl with dirt on her boots end up as a … [ more ]

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The Changing Image of HIV

When you think of a person with HIV, do you imagine a grandparent? A person in a nursing home? Or someone counting the months to retirement? If not, think again. According to the CDC, of the 1.2 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, half of them will be 50 years of age or older this year. Thirty years ago, that statistic would have been thought unimaginable. Today, however, it’s … [ more ]

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Office Diplomacy: When Personalities Clash

Ever work with someone passive aggressive? Thin-skinned? A shouter? Unless you’re the cameraperson who films melting glaciers for Nat Geo TV, you probably know how frustrating—sometimes even maddening—it can be to deal with a difficult personality. “It’s challenging if it’s your boss, of course, because you feel constrained by what you can say or do,” says Sheila Heen, a faculty member at Harvard Law School and co-author of Thanks for … [ more ]

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Yes, You Can Go on Vacation—and Actually Not Work!

Vacation is great in theory. In practice, many of us find ourselves doing work, thinking about work or answering emails. That’s if we even manage to take time off. Last year, 41% of Americans didn’t even take a day for themselves, according to travel site Skift. But vacations are an essential break from the daily grind. “When you never unplug, you lose touch with yourself and what’s important to you, … [ more ]

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Inspiration to Launch Your Life (or Just Start Your Day)

It’s graduation season! Time for elected officials, former elected officials and Natalie Portman (at Harvard, her alma mater) to step up to the podium and inspire young people as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. But you don’t have to be a co-ed, or parent of one, to be so motivated this year. We asked speakers who are confirmed for this year what they would say—but in … [ more ]

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