Category Archives: Speaker Articles

Three Simple Work Practices That Will Help You Advance

Being at the right place at the right time. You hear this a lot from successful people talking about their careers. But luck isn’t all of the story. It also doesn’t make for helpful career advice. Enter Amy Trask, former CEO of the Oakland Raiders. It could be said that with the NFL team, she got lucky: she landed an internship in the front office the summer before her last … [ more ]

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We Asked Nely Galán: How Do You Achieve Work-Life Balance?

“Work-life balance is different at each stage of your life. Honestly, I don’t believe it exists when you’re young, working multiple jobs, creating side hustles, figuring out your mission and money—and you have the energy and life force to do all of this. “For me, work-life balance didn’t exist until my 40s, after my years of exploration and achievement—and so to speak ‘landing the plane.’ To cut down on my … [ more ]

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Shonda Rhimes on Grit, Success and Her Latest Project

With three TV series returning this season (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder”) and two debuting (“For the People” and a to-be-named “Grey’s” spinoff about firefighters), Shonda Rhimes is a busy woman. Summer was no exception, since the shows resumed production in July. Still, Shondaland’s chief storyteller (that’s her official title at the production company) added a new project to her plate: Shondaland.com, the website. “It’s … [ more ]

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Will You Face Downward Mobility When You Retire?

Many of us picture retirement as a time of ease. By then, the house will be paid off and the nest should be empty. Though there won’t be a paycheck to cover our bills, maintaining our lifestyle will cost less. The reality, however, is often reduced circumstances. “Our current retirement plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs, have failed,” says Teresa Ghilarducci, economics professor at The New School for Social Research and … [ more ]

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Stand Out in the Crowd: Experts from QVC and Zulily Share Insights on How to Differentiate Your Brand

Featuring Rachel Ungaro, Vice President of Apparel Buying, Design and Global Sourcing, QVC, and Lori Twomey, Chief Merchant, zulily QVC’s Rachel Ungaro and zulily’s Lori Twomey know a thing or two about discovering new products and brands. On their watch, QVC has launched and fostered the growth of some of today’s most successful brands, many of which were founded by women, including bareMinerals, Spanx, IT Cosmetics and Lori Greiner, while … [ more ]

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Brené Brown on Owning Our Collective Past

“We have the courage to do this. We have to do it together. And it’s going to be imperfect. But if we don’t do it, one of our worst stories in history will continue to own us, and it will not go away. Because pain will not be denied.” —Brené Brown, keynote speaker at the 2017 PA Conference for Women, urging people on Facebook  to start talking honestly about the … [ more ]

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Marion Jones Wants You to Learn from Her Mistakes

Most of us will never know the heights—or depths—Marion Jones has traveled. At the peak of her career, the sprinter was going after five Olympic gold medals, making millions from endorsement deals and charming everyone with her irresistible smile. At rock bottom, she was an admitted liar, stripped of her medals and serving six months in prison. Not to understate things, but she has packed a lot of living in … [ more ]

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Three Things Men Do in Meetings That You Should Do, Too

If you’re being passed over for promotions by people less qualified than you or not getting jobs you can’t believe you didn’t get, part of the problem could be your self-presentation. “From the way you walk into a room to the tone of your voice, there are nonverbal ways of communicating that you are or aren’t manager material,” says Ruth Sherman, CEO and celebrity speech and media coach and author … [ more ]

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Anita Hill on What It Will Take to End Sexual Harassment

It’s been 26 years since Anita Hill raised awareness of sexual harassment with her televised testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee. A national conversation about the problem ensued, as did a fuller understanding of its pervasiveness and unlawfulness. Charges of sexual harassment filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission jumped 50 percent just the year after Hill spoke out. So is she surprised by recent disclosures about Uber and … [ more ]

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Secrets to Being a Great Idea Person

Have 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 … [ more ]

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