Category: Speaker Articles

How to Stop a Bad Boss from Impeding Your Career

If you have a difficult boss, you know what it is to feel stuck. You can always quit, of course, but leaving without a new job is risky. Most people can’t take the financial or professional hit. Or maybe you are at a great company and simply don’t want to leave.

The thing to remember in this situation: “Your career is a marathon and not a sprint,” says Mary Abbajay, president and CEO of management consultancy Careerstone Group. “Every long run has rough patches, but that’s when you grow—when you’re being challenged.” Read More

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What Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Taught Me About Women in Leadership

By Jacinta Jiménez, Head of Coaching, BetterUp

Everything is quiet except for the rhythmic sound of the four Tanzanian men’s feet hitting the ground in unison and my shallow breathing from the oxygen mask on my face. I am very weak, but somehow, I hold on so I don’t fall off the back of the porter as he runs at full speed down the tallest mountain in Africa.

How did I let this happen to me? Just a few hours ago I was 19,431 feet up looking down at the world with 30 other women on International Women’s Day. Read More

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10 Minutes, 3 Yoga Poses, 1 Great Way to Start the Day

Though her reputation as a yoga practitioner got its start on Instagram (360,000 followers and counting!), Jessamyn Stanley wants you to know that yoga is more than “handstands on the beach.”

Much more.

“A lot of people focus on the athletic aspect or fitness benefits, but for me, yoga provides a blueprint for life,” says Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body. “It’s a practice that helps you as you go through your day—and life.” Read More

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Your Tax Refund: What This Money Writer Says to Do with It

Some of us take an interest in personal finance when we start pulling a real paycheck. Some of us become interested when we run into debt problems or set our sights on a big goal like saving for a house. Kristin Wong was drawn to money matters as a teenager, and read books on the topic while in high school.

“Growing up, I experienced my family going from being pretty broke to middle class,” she says. “I saw how financial change can impact your life, the power your finances can have over your life.” Read More

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Office Hours: What to Do When You Get a New Boss

Changes in management can be unsettling, whether they’re part of a major restructuring or due to just one person’s departure. We asked Suzanne Quigley, director of community and corporate responsibility at QVC and PA Conference for Women board member, for her advice on what to do when you get a new boss. Read More

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Unlock the Potential of Women Through Coaching

By Karen Lai, Director of Client Partnerships, BetterUp

This year’s International Women’s Day theme—“Press for Progress”—is a call for collective action to accelerate gender parity. BetterUp is partnering with Watermark to help create momentum for change by making professional coaching accessible to women at all levels. Read More

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5 Mantras for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Do Good

We all know how start-ups have been disrupting business, changing how we shop, bank, dine out, meet up and get around. From sector to sector, technology is removing inefficiencies, and as a result, our lives are more convenient and improved.

Yet one part of the start-up landscape that we don’t often hear about is the social enterprise space: for-profit companies that are using technology to help advance humankind. Read More

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Thinking of Joining a Non-Profit Board?

Gail HunterAbout 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 giving your résumé a boost are all fine reasons for wanting to join a non-profit board, according to Hunter. That is, “as long as you are willing to do the work,” she says. “Organizations need their board members to be committed and active.” Read More

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3 Things You Need to Know About Failure

Jessica LaheyIf 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 her writing. Read 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 doing if you’re underpaid—advice you can take to the bank, literally! Read More

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