Category Archives: Speaker Articles

‘The 4 Pledges That Have Helped Me Find Balance’

By Dipti Vachani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Automotive and Embedded Line of Business, Arm Several years ago, at bedtime one night, I was cuddling with one of my daughters when she said something that broke my heart. “Mom,” she said, “I think I am ugly.” She was just seven at the time.  I was working then as a general manager at Texas Instruments, running a multi-national business, and … [ more ]

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The Mindset That Wins: Strategies of an Elite Champion Runner

If 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 … [ 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:

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Your Month, Your Career: A Perfect Time to Accelerate Your Growth

By Adrienne Gonzalez, Senior Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb In honor of Women’s History Month, I would offer this piece of advice to women who want to advance their careers: get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Here’s why: I started my career working in a law firm, representing pharmaceutical companies in product liability cases. During that time, I focused on becoming an expert, because our clients expected us to have all of the … [ more ]

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3 Facts About Ambition That Will Help You Succeed

When careers don’t go as planned, what went wrong—and how do people adjust? Seeking to find answers that would help them navigate their own paths, Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace interviewed all of their sorority sisters who graduated with them from Northwestern University in 1993. What they learned was “life-changing,” Schank says, because it gave validity to their choices, and she saw “I wasn’t just flailing here and there.” But … [ more ]

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Cut the Complexity—and Do More Valuable Work

Meetings, overflowing email inboxes, procedures and policies are all adding complexity to our jobs, hurting our productivity and, most importantly, blocking us from doing the work that has meaning to us. “Typically, we’re not [even] doing our best thinking at work because we’re so busy doing stuff,” says Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink and author of Why Simple Wins. Here are five ways Bodell suggests simplifying work:

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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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