Category: Job Advancement

Leading Happier | 2020 Session

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Happiness is more than a nice-to-have feeling; it’s an essential skill that can make you a more effective and powerful leader. And happiness and emotional health can be improved through practice, which in turn boosts productivity, creativity, communication, innovation, engagement, and performance. In this practical workshop, nationally recognized happiness expert Nataly Kogan shares the mindset shifts and skills that create emotionally healthy leaders to help you and your team thrive. Attendees will learn how to cultivate a culture of appreciation, build psychological trust, and improve emotional well-being and resilience for yourself and your team. 

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Women of Color & the Workplace | 2020 Session

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It’s no secret that women of color face some unique career challenges, even in companies that have diversity initiatives in place. But what these challenges are, and what strategies can be used to help overcome them, is too often left out of career advancement discussions. But not in this one! Minda Harts, author of The Memo, shares a roadmap for women of color and their allies, offering actionable advice about addressing workplace biases, microaggressions, and isolation. 

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Women Breaking Barriers | 2020 Session

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Leaders are almost certain to face obstacles—maybe even opposition. But skillfully meeting these challenges can become the driving force behind your success. In this powerful session, pioneering industry leaders will share how they have succeeded in creating change despite significant roadblocks. They will share strategies for earning respect, gaining traction, tackling naysayers, and ultimately breaking barriers for yourself and others. Plan to walk away inspired by these powerful women—and ready to inspire others yourself.

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CFW Board Member on How to Support Women of Color in the Workplace

Tamara Fields

We asked Tamara Fields, Texas Conference for Women board member and Austin Office Managing Director at Accenture, what leaders and white women allies can do to help women of color advance in their workplace. Here are her answers: Read More

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Stop Underestimating Yourself

Cecile RichardsBefore being interviewed for the position of president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards thought she was unqualified and should just skip it. Uncertain what to do, she called her mom, the late former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards. Never one to mince her words, the elder Richards said simply: “Get it together.” Read More

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Don’t Play the Weather Girl if You Want to Be the VP

Young woman shaking hands in a business meeting

A woman gets into an elevator. She’s a hard-working executive who comes to the office early every day. One day, the CEO gets into the elevator with her. She freezes, afraid to talk and afraid not to talk. So, she chats about the weather.

Another day, she’s riding the elevator when the CEO steps in again. But this time, a male colleague also gets in, shakes the CEO’s hand, introduces himself and says: “We just had a great meeting with a new client we were pitching the other day. And, I think we’re going to get the business.” The CEO looks at him and says, “You just made my day.”

The woman, realizing her mistake, reflects: Her colleague was branding himself as the next VP while she was branding herself as the weather girl. Read More

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Advice for Getting Ahead while Juggling Life and Career

Yvette ButlerBy Yvette Butler, Head of Private Bank, Wealth Advisory & Wine, Silicon Valley Bank

Sometimes career opportunities are launched in the unlikeliest of circumstances. It certainly was true for me. As an undergrad at the University of Virginia, programming was my passion. I would often stay all night in the Computer Lab programming in Cobol (a popular computer language in the ‘80s) with a six-pack of Diet Coke and experiencing pure bliss!

Get out of the basement. But technology was still in the basement, and I wanted out. My senior year, I flipped my concentration to Finance vs. Management Information Systems and headed to Wall Street as an analyst. Three months later, Black Monday 1987 happened. Read More

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Networking is More (and Less) Than You Think

Laura Okmin

Sometimes, the most valuable lessons come from the most humbling moments. At least, it was one of those moments that gave FOX NFL reporter Laura Okmin one of her greatest insights in what not to do when networking.

As a young reporter, and the first woman to be covering TV news in Alabama, she had gotten to know Charles Barkley, the NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

“One day, I called Charles and he answered the phone and said: “Well, well, well. Laura Okmin, what do you need?” And I went: “Well, can’t a girl just call and say hello?” “A girl can,” he said. “You just never do.…I know when you call, you need something. So, what do you need?”

Register one of the biggest networking mistakes: always having an agenda. From then on, Okmin made sure she reached out to offer something—such as, congratulations on wins and condolences on losses—more often than she asked for something. She’d learned that networking is really about relationship-building.

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The Real Road to the C-Suite

Shoma Chatterjee

Shoma Chatterjee

There’s an image many of us have of who makes it to the C-Suite: Think square-jawed, 6’4″ tall, Ivy League educated, followed a linear road to success. No mistakes. Right?

Well, not exactly. According to a study of 18,000 executives who were finalists for C-Suite positions, conducted by GhSMART, a New York-based executive advisory firm: 

  • 45 percent got there after surviving at least one big career blow-up.
  • 33 percent took a giant leap that they didn’t feel ready for. “They went through all the imposter syndrome gremlins that said, ‘You shouldn’t do it.’ But somehow, they did; and that was the pivotal moment for them,” said GhSMART’s Shoma Chatterjee.
  • 66 percent started small—beginning their own business, or taking on a project in another country or region where they could see a business through end-to-end.

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How to Reach Your Full Potential—with Sally Helgesen

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Sally Hegelsen

Do you ever feel that something is holding you back from achieving what you’re truly capable of? Chances are that it’s one of the 12 habits identified in a popular new book co-authored by renowned women’s leadership expert Sally Helgesen. Tune in to learn what they are and her 4-step process for overcoming them.

Scroll down for an infographic about breaking the 12 habits that can hold you back in your career!

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