Laysha Ward

How to Trust Your Voice Within: A Conversation with Glennon Doyle & Laysha Ward

“We’re always asking other people how we should live. And when you think about it, that’s totally hilarious because by definition, no one has ever lived the life we’re living. No one has ever lived my life with my experiences, with my pain, with my loss, with my skills, with my effort. Every single life is an unrepeatable and unprecedented experiment, which makes it hilarious. It’s literally like we’re asking … [ more ]

Women of Color Blazing Trails: A Conversation with Issa Rae & Laysha Ward

Show Notes: This episode is a special way to kick off Black History Month by bringing you an extraordinary keynote conversation between producer, actress and writer Issa Rae and Target’s EVP and chief external engagement officer Laysha Ward. This conversation happened at the October 2020 Texas Conference for Women. Featuring two pioneers who are blazing trails for women of color and all women and girls around the globe, Issa Rae … [ more ]

Keynote Recap: Issa Rae Shares What Has Helped Her Succeed as a Leader and Entrepreneur

Producer, actress, and writer Issa Rae spoke with Laysha Ward, Target’s EVP & chief external engagement officer, during the 2020 Texas Conference for Women. Here are the highlights of the conversation, lightly edited for brevity and clarity: Laysha Ward: How did you learn how to be a successful entrepreneur and leader? Issa Rae: “I think once people see that you are serious about you, you’re serious about your product, serious … [ more ]

Who Do You Want to Be When This Is Over?

There’s a difference between being a go-getter and being gutsy, Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, observes in her book, Brave Not Perfect. “So many women stick to doing only the things at which they excel, rarely going beyond what makes them feel confident and comfortable,” she writes. But what happens when we’re outside our comfort zones—either by choice or by circumstances, such as the challenging ones we now … [ more ]

Navigating Conflict & Difficult Conversations | 2019 Session

We all want to work with people who are polite, considerate and kind. But it’s possible to be too nice: failing to disagree when it’s important to do so, or holding back from surfacing new ideas and innovations. Healthy, constructive conflicts are an essential part of producing good work; yet many people don’t have the skills to disagree in a professional, productive way. In this session, Amy Gallo combines management … [ more ]

Storytellers Contest Winners Announced at the 2018 TX Conference for Women

Laysha Ward, EVP & chief external engagement officer at Target, introduces the winners of our Storytellers contest in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,500 attendees during the Texas Conference for Women November 9, 2018.

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