Category: Job Advancement

Three Ways Women Hold Themselves Back

Trudy BourgeoisFifteen years ago, Trudy Bourgeois resigned from her vice president job managing a $3 billion business unit—and walked away from a healthy six-figure salary, country club memberships, first class plane tickets to everywhere for her husband and herself and much, much more. “When I told my mom about my decision, she started to cry,” Bourgeois recalls. “She asked if she needed to get the sisters together to pray. I was living the dream for a lot of people.” Read More

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Glamour’s Cindi Leive on Courage, Confidence and What Mirror Selfies Are Good for

Cindi LeiveTo talk to Cindi Leive about careers is to wish Glamour’s editor in chief were your boss—if not your best friend. She’s not just warm, funny and smart. She also telegraphs a big heart, the vibe that she cares and wants to help—women in general and those she personally knows.

It’s partly Leive’s candidness that conveys this generous spirit. Case in point: she freely admits that the secret to her confidence when she was 32 and at her first helm (at Self) was, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know!” Read More

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What’s Really Holding Women Back from the C-Suite

Goldsmith, MarshallCertainly there are many factors contributing to the absence of women at the top of companies—sex discrimination, gender bias, the fact that people promote those who remind them of themselves, to name a few. But to Marshall Goldsmith, who has been coaching executives for 35 years, there is one simple—but not so easy—way to help close the leadership gap. “Fix childcare in this country,” says the author of Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts, Becoming the Person You Want to Be. “Make it more affordable, and more women will stay in their careers—and be promoted.” Read More

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Three Things Every Career Woman Needs to Know

Marianne CooperIf you ever feel like an imposter at work—or felt like one in school—you stand in good company. “It’s common to feel this way, and women tend to feel the imposter syndrome more intensely than do men,” says Marianne Cooper, a sociologist at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research and author of Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times. Read More

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The Very Best Career Advice

career-advice-compOver the past year, we asked past and future speakers at our conferences in Austin, Boston, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley for the best work or life advice they’ve ever received or given. Here’s the best of their best answers. Read More

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Gloria Steinem’s 100 Words of Inspiration

Steinem, GloriaDon’t tell Gloria Steinem that part of the reason for the pay gap is that women don’t negotiate. “That’s utter bulls***,” says the activist and author most recently of My Life on the Road. “It’s true that we should insist more than we do. But the reason we don’t insist is because inequality has been normalized.” Rather than blaming ourselves, we should be blaming the system—and sharing salary information and strategizing together, she adds.

Feeling stirred to create change? Here, Steinem’s words of encouragement to help you take on the pay gap, another cause important to you or an enduring dream: Read More

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Conquer Your Worst Work Habits

Rubin, GretchenEven if you’ve been doing your writing at the 11th hour since college or you can’t stop checking your email to save your life, your bad habits are breakable. The key is not focusing on one fix and giving up when it doesn’t stick (for the proverbial 30 days). “We think there’s a one-size-fits-all solution, but different things work for different people,” says Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project. In researching her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Rubin found 21 strategies that are effective—or not, depending on your personality type. Here, her suggestions for shaking five seemingly ingrained habits. Read More

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How to Know When You’ve Outgrown Your Job and Other Lessons Learned on the Way to the C-Suite

anne-marie slaughterSenior advisors to Cabinet members aren’t usually known for causing big stirs, but that’s exactly what happened when, in 2011, Anne-Marie Slaughter left her dream job as director of policy planning at the State Department and returned to an academic career that gave her more time for her family. Slaughter wrote about her decision in an essay that got people talking, “Why Women Can’t Have It All,” and now president and CEO of think-tank New America, she continues the conversation in her new book, Unfinished Business. She took some time out of her schedule to share with us the life and work lessons she has learned along her path. Read More

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Handling Emotions at the Office

Kreamer, AnneCrying or otherwise showing your disappointment, frustration, anger or stress at work can seem incredibly embarrassing. “You feel like a loser for losing control, but there’s nothing to be ashamed about the occasional display of feeling,” says Anne Kreamer, serial entrepreneur and author of It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace. “Emotions are not criminal elements.” Still, knowing how to comport yourself will help in the moment and minimize your regret. Prepare for any future floods with this 5-step guide. Read More

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‘What I Learned from Evan Picone’

CA_Morgan-Stanley_Suhr-220x300By Mary Beth Suhr, Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

I began my career in financial services in the mid ‘80s. Those were the days when “pantyhose” were a dress code requirement. Evan Picone was my brand, and inside each package was a little card with an inspirational quote. I still carry three of these tattered cards inside my wallet and have drawn upon them over the past 25 years of my journey. I hope these words of wisdom and the lessons learned will be helpful to you as well.

Card #1: To merely survive is not to live fully. We get what we ask from life. Ask for more.

As a wealth advisor, it is my job to help clients achieve their goals and dreams. I help them create a vision of the life they want to have and help them set clear goals for themselves. According to Aristotle, happiness is successful human living. But what defines success? Everyone should have their own definition of success that is synchronous with who they are and what they value most. To me, living successfully means living an active, integrated life that is in harmony with one’s life goals and personal value system.

To that end, I recommend setting specific goals for your professional life, personal life (including your financial goals) and for your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. I know it is easier said than done, but break these down to immediate goals (things you want to achieve now), intermediate goals (things you want to achieve in a few years) and longer-term goals (things you want to achieve later in life). Write them all down and discuss them with those who have a vested interest in your plan. This will become the roadmap for your future. A wise client once told me that “to be happy you need someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.” I agree.

Card #2: Keep your focus! Use your sweetest energies for the greatest good.

Stay focused and do not allow setbacks to distract you. Strive to be the best you can be in your chosen field. Develop your intellectual capital and invest in yourself. Be a life-long learner and obtain new knowledge, skills, relationships and experiences that will allow you to adapt to changing circumstances. I began my career as a private banker, then became a commercial banker, then a technology banker and later was recruited away to become a portfolio manager on a technology mutual fund. Now, as a private wealth manager, I am pursuing what I originally dreamed of doing at the start of my career. Life throws many curves and sometimes we need to pivot or step in a different direction to give ourselves a new footing from which we can propel ourselves higher. The relationships, skills, knowledge and experience we develop along the way will last a lifetime and can be drawn upon when you need it most.

Card #3: Have faith in your abilities and in the strength of your perseverance.

This last quote is my favorite. Some women doubt their abilities and lack confidence. Do not listen to the “back-seat” driver who sows the seeds of doubt into your subconscious mind. If you have invested in yourself and have worked hard to achieve your personal and professional goals, you should have a sense of the value you bring to the table.

These days, women’s compensation is widely discussed. Contrary to Microsoft’s Satya Nadella who once espoused having faith in the system if you want a raise or a promotion, I think you should build a case to justify what you want and why you deserve it. Early in my career, I never negotiated my salary when I accepted a new job offer. Later, after achieving meaningful results for a company where I worked, I presented my case for a raise. I was offered only a token salary increase without any opportunity to reassess in the future. Recognizing that no one was forcing me to work there, I chose to find a new company that would value the skills and experience I had to offer and provide a path for intellectual and personal growth. In doing so, I sought new challenges, was able to significantly increase my income overnight and propel my career to the next level. Before you negotiate, you need to know what you are willing to accept and what will prompt you to look for new opportunities. There is nothing better than having multiple options.

Throughout my career I have guided clients through many of life’s challenges including divorce, death, job loss, and various health issues. I’ve seen, as author Leon C. Megginson once said, that it’s not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.

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