Monthly Archives: March 2019

The Mindset That Wins: Strategies of an Elite Champion Runner

Desiree LindenIf anyone knows persistence and how to stay motivated, it’s Desiree Linden, last year’s winner of the Boston Marathon in the women’s category and the first American to win in 33 years.

Here’s a peek into Linden’s winning mindset.

It starts with a no-regrets attitude.

Linden had success as a college athlete, but she wasn’t one of those stars that everyone was watching. Still, she decided to pursue her dream of going pro.

“For me, it was worth the risk of answering that ‘what if’ question,” Linden explains. “I felt like I had the ability, and if I just put in a little bit more time, maybe I could do something special. There were no guarantees that I could even make a living, but I didn’t want to look back in 10 years and go, ‘What if?’” Read More

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Real Ways to Banish the Stress That Causes Burnout

We all know what we generally should do to reduce stress—eat healthy, sleep more—“so the challenge is finding what that looks like for each of us,” says Leah Weiss, a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind.

To help you reduce your stress, here are some strategies to consider: Read More

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2019 Session | The Future of Work: Thriving in the Gig Economy

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The rise of the gig economy has brought new complexity–and opportunities–to the world of work. Many people are finding that short term contracts can develop their skill sets, build their professional networks, position them for a career pivot, and give them freedom to work how and when they want. But being your own boss isn’t for the faint of heart. This panel discussion is for those who are interested in learning how flexible work can accelerate their career, are considering contract-type work within their current company, or manage businesses that could benefit from this resource. Read More

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2019 Session | Choose Wonder Over Worry: Moving Beyond Fear

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Worry. Fear. Doubt. It can stifle a dream, hinder a relationship, or bring your life and career to a halt. But while we often think fear is a challenge to overcome, what if instead it’s an ally on the path to unlocking our full potential? Author, speaker, and artist Amber Rae urges us to “choose wonder” as we embrace discomfort, and shares with us a unique approach for understanding the hidden meaning in our emotions: by dialoguing with them. This session will guide you to reframe your relationship to emotions like anxiety, fear, stress, imposter syndrome, and envy. You will leave with strategies for both your life and work, so that you can be the best you. Read More

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Brené Brown on the Obstacle to Courageous Leadership—and the Hack that Changed Her Life

2019 Keynote Speaker Brené BrownThe number one obstacle to courageous leadership is not what Brené Brown thought it was when she began studying the topic seven years ago.

“I thought it was fear,” Brown said at the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women. But “it’s not fear that gets in the way of us being brave. It’s armor. It’s what we do when we are afraid. We self-protect, close our hearts completely off and engage in behaviors that move us away from courage: perfectionism, cynicism, having to be the knower instead of the learner.”

As a result, we struggle with having hard conversations. In fact, some leaders say that their cultures are “too nice” to have hard conversations, explaining that they just talk about people instead. And that, quipped Brown, doesn’t seem nice or kind. Read More

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From the Super Bowl to Watermark: Serena Williams on Making the First Move

2019 Keynote Speaker Serena Williams“Making the first move is, for me, so important because I feel like women are generally taught that we don’t have to make the first move,” Serena Williams said to the thousands of women gathered for the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women.

“It could be in dating, it could be in life, it could be in business—but it’s important to take a jump, take a leap, because it can make a difference.”

With 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams is one of the greatest athletes, male or female, in history. She’s also a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, women’s advocate and a new mom. Read More

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Gloria Steinem, at 84, Says She Is Seeing More Support for Women’s Rights Than Ever Before

2019 Keynote Speaker Gloria SteinemIt’s hard to imagine anyone better than the indomitable Gloria Steinem to reflect on the current state of women in America. She’s been the foremost champion, and most recognizable face, of women’s issues for 50 years.

At 84, here’s what she had to say last month at the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women about women’s movements in the U.S. and around the world now being stronger than they have ever been.

“For the first time, in my lifetime, we have majority support for all the basic issues that the women’s movement has cared about historically and that we look forward to,” said Steinem. Read More

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What Women of All Races Need to Know about Success

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While only 1 in 5 C-suite leaders are women, only 1 in 25 are women of color. What can women of all races do to change that? In this episode, Michelle Gadsen-Williams, award-winning author and Accenture North America’s managing director and inclusion and diversity lead, shares her ideas and experiences about finding your voice, being seen, and “the bold-faced lie of having it all.” 
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New Talk: Shawn Achor on YOUR Big Potential

Every month in 2019, we’re highlighting one top-rated 2018 Conference speaker.

Meet our March Speaker of the Month: Happiness researcher and attendee favorite Shawn Achor. He’s recorded a brand-new talk just for you, available here after the premiere on March 20 at 9:00 am PDT. Check it out:

Get Achor’s latest book on the power of connection at independent Austin bookseller Bookpeople.

And please send your questions for Shawn in to our new Facebook page—he may answer you during his Facebook Live Q&A on March 26 @ 1:30 pm Eastern / 12:30 pm Central / 10:30 am Pacific.

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2019 Session | Think Like a Founder: Your Questions on Entrepreneurship Answered

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People of all different backgrounds should have the opportunity to participate in, shape, and successfully found companies that can change the world. But Silicon Valley can be a tough place for women. The challenges are well known, but tried and true advice on creating opportunities and overcoming obstacles can be harder to find. If  you work in tech, are an entrepreneur, or are trying to move your big idea forward, come learn from some powerful women about what it takes to succeed in the Valley. They will share their tips on developing an entrepreneurial mindset, skillset, and toolset that can be applied to your startup or organization of all kinds. Read More

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