Category: Embrace the Unknown

EXPERT EXCHANGE | Innovative Leaders Forging New Pathways

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At the heart of the Valley’s culture is disruption, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity. Join this dynamic panel to hear unique perspectives on forging new pathways, disrupting the norm, whether in business, in life or in the world. You’ll take away insights and inspiration for challenging stereotypes, taking risks and making the seemingly impossible a reality.

Moderator:

Claire Lee, managing director, Silicon Valley Bank

Speakers:

Shuly Galili, founding partner, UpWest Labs
Elizabeth Gore, Dell entrepreneur in residence, Dell
Laura Kennedy, VP Corporate Development, Techstars
Les Matthews, senior vice president, digital partnerships

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Pivot: The Only Move that Matters Is Your Next One

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No matter your age, life stage, bank account balance, or career level, you can learn how to pivot strategically into your next opportunity. Career change doesn’t have to be a crisis, and plateaus don’t have to be a problem. In fact, if change is the only constant, now more than ever as it relates to our economy, it behooves us all to get better at it. Your best chance of success lies right under your feet. By doubling down on what is already working, you can cut through confusion and move more quickly in a new direction. Pivoting is a mindset and a skill set, and it is one we can all get better at. This workshop will resonate with anyone facing the question of what comes next by providing a methodical plan to move forward, one that you can cycle through as many times as necessary. Read More

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Breaking Free for Your Next Act: How to Face (or Create!) Change with Courage and Joy

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Whether change has been thrust upon you, or you’re feeling stuck and ready to grow, stepping into the unknown can be a little, er…scary. If the thought of a new direction (a new career, a move, tackling a personal dream or goal) makes you want to head for the hills then join fear-facing expert Patty Chang Anker, whose insights Oprah.com says are “downright inspiring”, and discover how to de-escalate fear’s power and make your next act the greatest it can be. Read More

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Career Transitions: Tips for Any Stage of Your Journey

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This session is for anyone facing the daunting question of what comes next – whether your perfect-on-paper job has hit a plateau, you are considering taking on a new role, are moving into a new company or industry, or even starting or folding your own business. By taking your priorities into account and leveraging what is already working, you can cut through confusion and move more quickly in a new direction with greater growth, meaning and purpose. This session will feature women from the front lines who can share real-life stories of success and help you avoid the common mistakes so you can position yourself for a successful transition into Career 2.0.

Moderator:

Jenny Blake, author, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One

Panelists:

Valerie Biberaj, director, Kate Spade & Company Foundation
Sarah Cooper
, blogger, comedian and author, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings
Lisen Stromberg, CEO and founder, PrismWork and author, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career

Emcee:

Karineh Khachatourian, board member, Watermark

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2017 Speakers Share: The Jobs They’ll Never Do Again

Working has its ups and downs, but with some jobs, the only high point is leaving. Still, the negative experience made them tougher and informed their future decisions. Some even say that it taught them something valuable about themselves. To help you get to know a little more about our speakers, we took a page from talent recruiters and asked some of our speakers: What’s a job you’ve had, or a task you’ve had to do for a job, that you never want to do again? Check out their answers.   Read More

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‘You Are Never Too Old to Dream Big’

jentis-caythaBy Caytha Jentis

Completing “The Other F Word,” my fourth production since deciding to become a filmmaker in my early forties, led me to reflect on my journey.

Like the Joseph Campbell heroes we studied in film school, it began when I ran away from northern New Jersey to the woods of Amherst, Massachusetts, one summer after my 40th birthday. Suffering an existential midlife crisis, I was an angry, angst-ridden stay-at-home mom who wondered how, as an ambitious post-feminist, I had gotten there. Read More

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Must-Have Career Advice from Nina Tassler, the Woman Who Helped CBS Become #1

Nina TasslerThirty years in the entertainment business, starting as a receptionist at a talent agency and ending last year as the chairman of the entertainment division at CBS, Nina Tassler is known for having great instincts and making spot-on decisions.

After all, it was on her watch that CBS returned to being America’s most-watched network (for 12 out of the 13 years she was in charge). Tassler is also the TV executive who green-lighted such megahits as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “NCIS.” 

So when Tassler announced last year that she, then only 58, was leaving the C-suite to start the next chapter of her life (a turn of events that was as jaw dropping as some CBS prime-time season finales), you know that a lot of women in Hollywood paused to consider, if not reconsider, their own career plans. Read More

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Diversity of Thought Results in Higher Performing Teams

Lisa GuessBy Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering, Juniper Networks

“That person just isn’t a good cultural fit…”  

Have you ever heard this phrase when a panel interviews a candidate for a job? Or worse yet, have you ever uttered this phrase yourself? While cultural fit can be an important factor, too often it is used as a way to avoid hiring someone who thinks differently than the group.

Yet when we choose only those we are most comfortable with, we end up with extremely homogeneous teams where everyone thinks the same way. The team doesn’t challenge popular assumptions and devolves to “groupthink,” where the desire for consensus and conformity results in inferior decision-making and outcomes.   Read More

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Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes’ Advice for Entrepreneurial Free Spirits

Jolie SikesWhat do you do when you realize that the corporate life just isn’t your jam? When you’re Jolie Sikes or her big sister Amie, co-founders with their mom of Junk Gypsy, you hit the road, hightailing it out of Houston and Austin, respectively—and keep driving for 15 years.

Of course, they weren’t aimlessly roaming Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. They were scouring flea markets and roadsides for discarded treasures that they could fix up and resell. “It was Mom’s idea and her $2,000 stash for the slot machines that we used at first,” says Sikes. “She said, ‘Let’s just go to Canton [where there’s a giant four-day flea market every month] with open minds and figure out what we can do.’” Read More

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Mantras to Live, Work and Succeed By

"Faery Mandala" by Daniel LightfootWhether you’re taking on a new challenge, rebounding from a disappointment or just powering through your day, repeating a mantra can help. We asked Conference for Women speakers and staff for their favorite sayings. Read them and repeat! Read More

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