5 Mantras for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Do Good

We all know how start-ups have been disrupting business, changing how we shop, bank, dine out, meet up and get around. From sector to sector, technology is removing inefficiencies, and as a result, our lives are more convenient and improved.

Yet one part of the start-up landscape that we don’t often hear about is the social enterprise space: for-profit companies that are using technology to help advance humankind. Read More

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Thinking of Joining a Non-Profit Board?

Gail HunterAbout 20 years ago, when she worked for the Seattle Mariners, Gail Hunter reached out to the YMCA of Greater Seattle about joining its board. “My family had been members forever and it was a big part of my childhood,” says Hunter, now vice president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors. “I wanted to give back.”

But expanding your network, acquiring new skills or even giving your résumé a boost are all fine reasons for wanting to join a non-profit board, according to Hunter. That is, “as long as you are willing to do the work,” she says. “Organizations need their board members to be committed and active.” Read More

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3 Things You Need to Know About Failure

Jessica LaheyIf the thought of your biggest mistakes or failures makes you want to throw up, you’re certainly not alone. That’s how school teacher Jessica Lahey still feels when talking about the first draft of her New York Times best-selling book.

“My editor said it was unpublishable and wanted to bring in a ghost writer,” says Lahey, who wangled a second chance, and after a lot of hard work, redeemed herself—and her writing. Read More

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Office Hours: Help for When a Colleague Makes More Than You

You just found out that a coworker is paid more than you. But the two of you have the same job. What should you do?

You could call your network (and you should). You could also read our new column, “Office Hours,” where we’ll be posing your burning career questions to our board members and other Conference for Women friends.

Here’s what four business leaders from our boards would recommend doing if you’re underpaid—advice you can take to the bank, literally! Read More

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The Statesman Cap10K: Give Yourself a Round of Applause in 2018

Runners at last year’s race

By Jeff Simecek, Director, Statesman Cap10K Race Read More

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El Poder de Cocinar con Mamá (The Power of Cooking with Mom)

Lorena Kaplen

Lorena Asebedo Kaplen

By Lorena Asebedo Kaplen, Dietitian, HEB, and Andie Gonzalez, Dietitian, HEB

Communication and love are built around the mesa (table), and they’re a vital way of keeping healthy, physically and emotionally. Research shows that involving family and kids in the kitchen strengthens family ties by fostering togetherness and spurring cooperation. With today’s technology and jam-packed schedules, this simple integration can help re-establish some traditional home dynamics.

Andie Gonzalez

Andie Gonzalez

Embracing the skill of cooking, passing down favorite traditional recipes, connecting and lifting each other’s spirits—all have the potential of increasing your quality of life and keeping your corazón saludable (heart healthy). Here’s how to tap “el poder de concinar con mamá.” Read More

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Secrets to Being a Great Idea Person

Jennifer MuellerHave you ever been in a brainstorming meeting that wasn’t a waste of time? Chances are no if the goal was to hit upon something truly original and innovative.

“Often in a business setting, people are using best practices in brainstorming, and that’s a large part of the problem,” says Jennifer Mueller, associate professor of management at the University of San Diego School of Business and author of Creative Change: How We Resist It… How We Can Embrace It. “How can you choose something new when the criterion is what has been successful?” Read More

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Office Hours: Candid Answers to Your Pressing Career Questions

Marian HeardTwo of the most accomplished executives you’ll ever meet, Marian Heard and Margaret McKenna aren’t just founts of business and management wisdom. As female trailblazers who were often the only woman in the room, they are also experts at handling workplace-culture and gender-bias issues. Over the years they’ve shared their experience and advice as mentors to women, and at the most recent Conferences, they fielded questions from attendees in breakout sessions that really got people buzzing.

Margaret McKennaWhat attendees especially appreciated were the candor as well as the humor of Heard, former president and CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and CEO of United Ways of New England, and McKenna, former president of Walmart Foundation and president emeritus of Lesley University. Listen for yourself to the podcasts from Philadelphia, Austin and Boston, or read a sampling of their answers, edited for clarity and brevity, below. Afterward, please submit your burning career questions to [email protected] We’ll be publishing answers from Heard, McKenna and other women leaders in future newsletters. Read More

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5 Things I Wish I Had Been Told When Building My Career

Marissa TarletonBy Marissa Tarleton, CMO, RetailMeNot

It’s happened to all of us. We’ve all received advice at some point in our career that we just knew in our gut wasn’t right. Cautionary words that could have stopped us from moving forward or tamped down our desire to push to the next level. Phrases like, “Just be patient!” or “Don’t rock the boat.”

As the executive lead for the [email protected] employee resource group at RetailMeNot, I am able to connect every week with a group of women that I truly believe will make a difference in the future of the company, technology and the business world as a whole.

For the first time ever, the percentage of female leaders at Fortune 500 companies has risen above five percent. With only 32 females on the list of CEOs, there’s plenty of room for improvement. We can do better. Read More

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Dreaming of Pivoting to a More Purposeful Career?

Most of us have had days at work when we think about chucking it all and doing something “meaningful” with our lives. Certainly, Becky Margiotta did 15 years ago, when she worked as a stockbroker. Yet Margiotta, who left the financial sector and has since led a campaign across the country that mobilized 186 cities to put 105,000 homeless people into permanent housing, cautions against over-romanticizing the non-profit sector—or discounting the value of working for a corporation.

After all, just because your company is turning a profit doesn’t mean that its products or services aren’t doing good. “For example, take a mortgage broker, whose line of work isn’t usually seen as altruistic,” says Margiotta, now the co-founder and CEO of The Billions Institute, which trains executives at foundations and nonprofits how to design and lead large-scale change. “But mortgage brokers who work in the spirit of service and conscientiousness do help people—they help them realize their dreams of owning a home.”

Still, if you find yourself pondering, more and more, a switch to the nonprofit world, here’s Margiotta’s advice: Read More

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