Category Archives: Speaker Articles

Thinking of Joining a Non-Profit Board?

About 20 years ago, when she worked for the Seattle Mariners, Gail Hunter reached out to the YMCA of Greater Seattle about joining its board. “My family had been members forever and it was a big part of my childhood,” says Hunter, now vice president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors. “I wanted to give back.” But expanding your network, acquiring new skills or even … [ more ]

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3 Things You Need to Know About Failure

If the thought of your biggest mistakes or failures makes you want to throw up, you’re certainly not alone. That’s how school teacher Jessica Lahey still feels when talking about the first draft of her New York Times best-selling book. “My editor said it was unpublishable and wanted to bring in a ghost writer,” says Lahey, who wangled a second chance, and after a lot of hard work, redeemed herself—and … [ more ]

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Office Hours: Help for When a Colleague Makes More Than You

You just found out that a coworker is paid more than you. But the two of you have the same job. What should you do? You could call your network (and you should). You could also read our new column, “Office Hours,” where we’ll be posing your burning career questions to our board members and other Conference for Women friends. Here’s what four business leaders from our boards would recommend … [ more ]

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How to Network Effectively in Our Hyper-Connected World

If you’re like most people trying to use social media to network, you probably think the number of followers or connections you have matters. But instead of obsessing over breaking 200, 500, 1,000, “you should be paying attention to what’s going on in your network and how you’re connecting with posts, content, likes, retweets and mentions,” says J. Kelly Hoey, a networking expert and author of Build Your Dream Network. … [ more ]

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Office Hours: Candid Answers to Your Pressing Career Questions

Two of the most accomplished executives you’ll ever meet, Marian Heard and Margaret McKenna aren’t just founts of business and management wisdom. As female trailblazers who were often the only woman in the room, they are also experts at handling workplace-culture and gender-bias issues. Over the years they’ve shared their experience and advice as mentors to women, and at the most recent Conferences, they fielded questions from attendees in breakout … [ more ]

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Startup Savvy: How to Raise Cash on Kickstarter

Ten years ago, Kathy Strahs had at least one thing in common with Oprah Winfrey: Strahs’ panini press, a Christmas present from her sister, was one of her favorite things, too. Home with a new baby, Strahs got busy in the kitchen and started blogging about her recipes for the appliance. “I really enjoyed the creative process and would stay up late and work through the night,” recalls the former … [ more ]

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Could Your Emails Be Hurting the Friends You’re Trying to Help?

Technology hasn’t only made it easier to stay in touch with former colleagues, old classmates and far-flung friends. It has also made asking them for favors such as referrals and introductions as effortless as hitting send. Likewise, when you’re on the receiving end of such a request, it’s less or little hassle, in this age of email, to help a contact out. But before you make another ask or agree … [ more ]

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Dreaming of Pivoting to a More Purposeful Career?

Most of us have had days at work when we think about chucking it all and doing something “meaningful” with our lives. Certainly, Becky Margiotta did 15 years ago, when she worked as a stockbroker. Yet Margiotta, who left the financial sector and has since led a campaign across the country that mobilized 186 cities to put 105,000 homeless people into permanent housing, cautions against over-romanticizing the non-profit sector—or discounting … [ more ]

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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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