Category: Career Choices

Meet Silicon Valley Bank’s Jennifer Friel Goldstein

Jennifer Friel GoldsteinIn this piece, Jennifer, who is Head of Business Development, Technology and Healthcare for Silicon Valley Bank, shares the story of her unconventional career trajectory—and some of the lessons she learned along the way about iterating your career and investing in authentic relationships.

You never know what may lead to a career defining moment. In my case, it came after a succession of cold shoulders. Literally. As an undergrad, I spent hours in the lab as a bench scientist studying rotator cuff disease. For each session, I would have to thaw, and then refreeze, a human shoulder. As passionate as I was, and still am, about research, hanging out with frozen cadaver parts wasn’t an ideal environment for an extrovert like myself. Read More

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5 Ways to Create the Career You Truly Want

Erica Williams Simon

At 27, Erica Williams Simon came to an important recognition. She was “successful” but not happy.

“So, I did what we are never supposed to do—especially as women, especially as black women: We’re never supposed to quit. You don’t quit. Well yes, you do and I did,” she recently said.

What she discovered in the time of self-exploration that followed was that many cultural and generational narratives had shaped her idea of what it means to be successful that had nothing to do with what she actually wanted out of life.

Now, the woman who had been listed on several “30 under 30” lists as a rising political star and TV commentator, is on a mission to help others understand the cultural stories that shape their lives and create new ones that will lead them to the life they actually want.

The author of the 2019 book, You Deserve the Truth, Erica shared these five insights with the Conference for Women: Read More

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Accept, Reject, or Negotiate: Evaluating Your Offer | 2020 Session

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Congratulations on getting the job! It’s time to assess your offer and decide if this really is the perfect position for you. Lauren McGoodwin, CEO of Career Contessa, kicks off this discussion with her best advice about researching a potential employer and job opportunity. Then, a panel of professionals shares their strategies for asking the right questions when evaluating a new opportunity. Come learn how to get the inside scoop on benefits and culture, how to negotiate the terms, and how to ultimately decline the offer if it’s not right for you. 

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Comeback Careers: Purpose and a Paycheck in the Second Half of Life | 2020 Session

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No matter how successful you have been in the past, staging your career comeback in the second half of life can present some challenges. With the reality of age bias in the workplace, pivoting into a new field or re-entering the workforce after opting out may feel overwhelming. Join this conversation to learn about finding meaningful work that fits and funds your life. This panel of experts will share how to position yourself for a successful transition and find happiness in your encore career.

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Seize the Opportunity to Drive Gender Diversity in Tech

Erin PlattsBy Erin Platts, Head of Relationship Banking in Europe, Silicon Valley Bank

While we’ve come some way in narrowing the gender gap in the tech world, Silicon Valley Bank’s latest survey on the subject, the Women in Technology Leadership 2019 report, got me thinking about how to capitalize on the positive momentum we’re seeing.

After all, those of us in the tech ecosystem use that very mindset every day to fuel innovation. So here are five challenges the study brought to light and the opportunities I think they can provide to leaders looking to improve gender parity: Read More

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5 Smart Steps For Future Entrepreneurs

Ann Miura-Ko, a founding partner of Floodgate

So you have a great idea for a business. What’s your next move?

First, take an honest assessment of your personality. Claire Lee, head of early stage banking at Silicon Valley Bank, has noticed three traits in successful entrepreneurs.

“Number one is adaptability: the ability to pivot, really be open to feedback and advice, knowing which to take and which to ignore,” Lee says. “Number two, and perhaps as important, is resilience and grit—you’ve really got to develop a thick skin. And third is resourcefulness—being able to leverage your network, know where to get help and not be afraid to ask for help, is critical.”

Did you check all three boxes? Great! Here are five more starter steps to help you forge a path forward: Read More

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How Every Woman Can Be “Self-Made”—with Nely Galán

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Nely Galán

After emigrating from Cuba at the age of 4, Nely Galán became the first Latina president of entertainment for a major TV network, an Emmy award-winning producer, and New York Times best-selling author. In her words, she became “Self-Made,” and now she wants to teach every woman how to do it. Tune in to hear her story, the strategies that drove her success, and why she thinks the time has never been better for women to claim their power.

+ Ask Nely YOUR questions during a live Q&A on Tuesday, May 21st @ 1:00pm EDT!

+ Check out the free “Self Made Mastery” webinar series Nely mentions in the podcast

 

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2019 Session | The Future of Work: Thriving in the Gig Economy

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The rise of the gig economy has brought new complexity–and opportunities–to the world of work. Many people are finding that short term contracts can develop their skill sets, build their professional networks, position them for a career pivot, and give them freedom to work how and when they want. But being your own boss isn’t for the faint of heart. This panel discussion is for those who are interested in learning how flexible work can accelerate their career, are considering contract-type work within their current company, or manage businesses that could benefit from this resource. Read More

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What Women of All Races Need to Know about Success

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While only 1 in 5 C-suite leaders are women, only 1 in 25 are women of color. What can women of all races do to change that? In this episode, Michelle Gadsen-Williams, award-winning author and Accenture North America’s managing director and inclusion and diversity lead, shares her ideas and experiences about finding your voice, being seen, and “the bold-faced lie of having it all.” 
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2019 Session | Think Like a Founder: Your Questions on Entrepreneurship Answered

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People of all different backgrounds should have the opportunity to participate in, shape, and successfully found companies that can change the world. But Silicon Valley can be a tough place for women. The challenges are well known, but tried and true advice on creating opportunities and overcoming obstacles can be harder to find. If  you work in tech, are an entrepreneur, or are trying to move your big idea forward, come learn from some powerful women about what it takes to succeed in the Valley. They will share their tips on developing an entrepreneurial mindset, skillset, and toolset that can be applied to your startup or organization of all kinds. Read More

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