Category Archives: Speaker Articles

Don’t Miss Out on Good Ideas: 4 Tips for Open Communication

By Laura Izurieta, Chief Risk Officer, Silicon Valley Bank Here’s a thought: When we talk about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, shouldn’t we also talk about diversity in communication styles? I’m a vocal supporter of diversity in terms of surrounding myself with people of different  backgrounds and with varied experiences and demographics. But sometimes the inclusion part gets undervalued. What good is having a diverse team if you don’t … [ more ]

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Holiday Survival Tips from Simple Habit’s Founder

A Stanford B school dropout, Yunha Kim is on her second startup—and like most things that meet a real need, it’s genius. Called Simple Habit, the app is a “Spotify” for meditation, meaning it’s a platform for different experts to share their bite-size meditations and audio therapy sessions. Kim had her Eureka moment after turning to meditation apps to cope with the stress of running her first company. “I got … [ more ]

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Real Advice for Women Seeking Mentors and Allies

If your mentors all look like you, you have a mentor problem. Same goes if they all have similar backgrounds and work histories or if you have only one—or none. “Your mentors should be a diverse network,” says David Smith, an expert on gender workplace issues and co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women. “If they’re not, you’re missing out on key perspectives and information, and … [ more ]

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Beauty Truth-Teller Paula Begoun on Being an Entrepreneur, Hiring and Handling Stress

By Bryan Barron, for Paula’s Choice Skincare   Work for Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice Skincare and Beautypedia.com, and you will laugh a lot. You’ll also become used to her straight-shooting ways. “I’m blatantly honest to a fault,” she says.  Indeed, her truth-telling is her commodity and specialty. Combined with a passion for beauty products, it has resulted in 21 bestselling books on beauty and regular appearances on CNN, “The Today … [ more ]

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5 Tips to Feel More Comfortable at Networking Events

This is one thing Alice Rutkowski, an executive communication and presence coach who has worked with more than 8,000 executives over the past 20-some years, wishes everyone knew: Body language reflects what you believe about yourself and others. “Consciously and unconsciously, we are reading others and they are reading us all the time,” says Rutkowski, vice president of executive development at Sagin. “For example, whether you’re sitting or standing, crossing … [ more ]

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The New Law Requiring More Women on Corporate Boards: Thumb Up or Thumb Down?

Since Senate Bill 826 recently became law, a lot has been said about the new mandate that companies headquartered in California must include one to three women on their board of directors, depending on their board size: It’s good for women. It’ll ultimately hurt women. It’ll never withstand legal challenge. It doesn’t go far enough. We asked Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, executive director of the Clayman Institute of Gender Research at … [ more ]

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My Five Steps for Navigating Career Success

By Pamela Aldsworth, Head of Venture Capital Relationship Management, Silicon Valley Bank I am often asked: How did you navigate your career from lender at a local bank to managing director at global tech lender Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)? First, it took nearly 25 years. Second, I consciously sought to make a difference in every job I took. Finally and most importantly, I did not do it alone; I sought … [ more ]

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Brené Brown on Courage, Grounded Confidence and How Her New Book Has Changed Her Approach to Leading and Work

Even for Brené Brown, renowned author, researcher and expert on being brave, leading doesn’t come easy. “Being a founder and CEO is one of the most challenging roles in my life when it comes to showing up as my best self, leaning into tough conversations and making hard calls—all in the service of others,” says Brown, who heads Brené Brown Education and Research Group as well as holds an endowed … [ more ]

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Yes, You Can Change People’s Minds

Your group has always done things one way. You think you have a better way. How to sway them to your side? You probably think data is the answer, but that’s unlikely to be enough to win over minds. Consider all the evidence of climate change and the many people who remain unconvinced by it. “Data is important to uncover the truth, but it is not enough to convince people … [ more ]

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Must-Have Answers from ‘Ask a Manager’ Author Alison Green

For many employees, the work itself is easy. It’s the office politics that are hard. That’s partly why Alison Green started her blog, “Ask a Manager,” 11 years ago. A chief of staff at a non-profit organization at the time, she kept thinking that coworkers would have made different decisions if they’d had their boss’ or HR’s perspective. “As a manager, I could see that people weren’t going to get … [ more ]

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