Speaker Articles

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 W@RMN 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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Bethenny Frankel’s Truths

Many of us think of Bethenny Frankel as the fast-talking, forthright reality TV star with brains and balls to spare. After all, not only did she seize the marketing opportunities of her fame and time on TV, selling books and Skinnybrand cocktails, she then sold the Skinnygirl Margarita brand for a reported $120 million—and kept the licensing rights to the Skinnygirl brand, which she has built into an empire.

Yet in the past several months, an additional aspect of Frankel has come to national light: her extraordinary humanitarianism. Last September, on her own dime, she helicoptered to a rural town in Mexico to raise awareness of the earthquake’s devastation there. Then she went to post-Harvey Houston and delivered $300,000 worth of relief supplies, which had been raised by her organization B Strong, an initiative through Dress for Success. And then she became a one-woman rescue mission to Puerto Rico, first chartering planes to deliver relief supplies and bring back elderly and ailing citizens and then arranging for a cargo ship that can carry 15 million pounds of generators, food and other necessities. Read More

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Harnessing the Power of Your Network

By Melanie Foley, Executive Vice President, Talent and Enterprise Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Going it alone is incredibly overrated. And yet as a society we cling to this romanticized image of fiercely independent individuals forging ahead on their own. What drives that? Why is it—when each of us has access to our own network of friends, family and colleagues—that we consider it weak to ask any of them for help? This is a mindset that needs to stop. Let me share with you how I overcame the go-it-alone syndrome and built my career on harnessing the power of my network.

It starts with my mother. A single woman raising two kids in the Boston projects, my mother was never afraid to ask for help. I saw firsthand how she asked family members to pitch in so that she could pursue her nursing degree at night in order to make a better life for us. She even tapped me for help—asking for my tooth-fairy money to buy groceries when funds were low. Her successful use of her network and her matter-of-fact approach to asking for help has defined and informed my entire career. Read More

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Diversification: It’s More Than a Portfolio Strategy

By Mary Stork, President, Financial Planning and Advice, USAA

Just as diversifying a financial portfolio makes it stronger, building and promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion make an organization stronger and benefit all involved. I believe that wholeheartedly, not only because I’m a financial planner at heart, but because I’ve seen the value and power that diversity and inclusion bring both in my personal and professional life.

Many times when we talk about diversity, we tend to focus on a person’s outward appearance—race, gender. But even more important in terms of diversity are each person’s unique perspective, experiences, expertise and skills. Diversity is about people. Inclusive organizations focus on the unique differences of their people and encourage collaboration to unlock creativity, innovation and potential. Some of the most successful businesses apply this mindset to deliver the best possible service to their customers, better grow their portfolio, and develop talent. Read More

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