Category: Job Advancement

Don’t Play the Weather Girl if You Want to Be the VP

Young woman shaking hands in a business meeting

A woman gets into an elevator. She’s a hard-working executive who comes to the office early every day. One day, the CEO gets into the elevator with her. She freezes, afraid to talk and afraid not to talk. So, she chats about the weather.

Another day, she’s riding the elevator when the CEO steps in again. But this time, a male colleague also gets in, shakes the CEO’s hand, introduces himself and says: “We just had a great meeting with a new client we were pitching the other day. And, I think we’re going to get the business.” The CEO looks at him and says, “You just made my day.”

The woman, realizing her mistake, reflects: Her colleague was branding himself as the next VP while she was branding herself as the weather girl. Read More

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Advice for Getting Ahead while Juggling Life and Career

Yvette ButlerBy Yvette Butler, Head of Private Bank, Wealth Advisory & Wine, Silicon Valley Bank

Sometimes career opportunities are launched in the unlikeliest of circumstances. It certainly was true for me. As an undergrad at the University of Virginia, programming was my passion. I would often stay all night in the Computer Lab programming in Cobol (a popular computer language in the ‘80s) with a six-pack of Diet Coke and experiencing pure bliss!

Get out of the basement. But technology was still in the basement, and I wanted out. My senior year, I flipped my concentration to Finance vs. Management Information Systems and headed to Wall Street as an analyst. Three months later, Black Monday 1987 happened. Read More

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Networking is More (and Less) Than You Think

Laura Okmin

Sometimes, the most valuable lessons come from the most humbling moments. At least, it was one of those moments that gave FOX NFL reporter Laura Okmin one of her greatest insights in what not to do when networking.

As a young reporter, and the first woman to be covering TV news in Alabama, she had gotten to know Charles Barkley, the NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

“One day, I called Charles and he answered the phone and said: “Well, well, well. Laura Okmin, what do you need?” And I went: “Well, can’t a girl just call and say hello?” “A girl can,” he said. “You just never do.…I know when you call, you need something. So, what do you need?”

Register one of the biggest networking mistakes: always having an agenda. From then on, Okmin made sure she reached out to offer something—such as, congratulations on wins and condolences on losses—more often than she asked for something. She’d learned that networking is really about relationship-building.

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The Real Road to the C-Suite

Shoma Chatterjee

Shoma Chatterjee

There’s an image many of us have of who makes it to the C-Suite: Think square-jawed, 6’4″ tall, Ivy League educated, followed a linear road to success. No mistakes. Right?

Well, not exactly. According to a study of 18,000 executives who were finalists for C-Suite positions, conducted by GhSMART, a New York-based executive advisory firm: 

  • 45 percent got there after surviving at least one big career blow-up.
  • 33 percent took a giant leap that they didn’t feel ready for. “They went through all the imposter syndrome gremlins that said, ‘You shouldn’t do it.’ But somehow, they did; and that was the pivotal moment for them,” said GhSMART’s Shoma Chatterjee.
  • 66 percent started small—beginning their own business, or taking on a project in another country or region where they could see a business through end-to-end.

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How to Reach Your Full Potential—with Sally Helgesen

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Sally Hegelsen

Do you ever feel that something is holding you back from achieving what you’re truly capable of? Chances are that it’s one of the 12 habits identified in a popular new book co-authored by renowned women’s leadership expert Sally Helgesen. Tune in to learn what they are and her 4-step process for overcoming them.

Scroll down for an infographic about breaking the 12 habits that can hold you back in your career!

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Tired of Feeling Invisible? Here’s How to Be Seen and Rewarded

How to command an audience

“Do you feel sometimes like there’s a person inside that’s screaming to jump out?” asks leadership expert and executive coach Charmaine McClarie. “I want you to let that person out because that person is really the truth of who you are.”

But to be recognized and rewarded for who you truly are, it’s essential to use the language of leadership that makes people turn their heads and listen, says McClarie, who says her strategies have helped 98 percent of her clients be promoted within 18 months.

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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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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 | How Women Rise: Break the Twelve Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job

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Even in 2019, women often face different roadblocks than men as they seek to advance in the workplace. Rising to the next level—whether that means a new job, a challenging promotion, an entrepreneurial venture, or a whole new direction—usually requires a different approach than that which got you to where you are. In fact, the very skills that drove your success early in your career may hinder your progress as you seek to move higher. In this workshop, leadership expert Sally Helgesen shares the twelve habits most likely to undermine women in their quest to become more successful and create careers that are energizing, sustainable, and rewarding. And she offers a clear template for changing behaviors that get in your way so you can forge a more powerful path forward. Read More

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