Category: Life on Your Terms

How to Be Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

Laysha Ward interviewing Reshma Saujani for Women Amplified podcast

In this special episode, Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, talks with guest host Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target, about her new book, Brave, Not Perfect. 

This conversation took place before the outbreak of COVID-19. But we’re airing it now because it clearly speaks to the challenges many of us face today. Tune in for practical advice and inspiration from Reshma to help you navigate away from the pull of perfectionism, which will only make you more anxious, and toward a life that is bolder, braver, and ultimately happier. Read More

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An Excerpt from Celeste Headlee’s Latest Book, “Do Nothing”

Excerpted from DO NOTHING copyright © 2020 by Celeste Headlee. Used by permission of Harmony Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Do Less, Live More #DoNothingWe answer work emails on Sunday night. We read endless articles about how to hack our brains to achieve more productivity. We crop our photos and use filters before we post them on social media to earn approval. We read only the first couple paragraphs of the articles we find interesting because we don’t have time to read them in their entirety. We are overworked and overstressed, constantly dissatisfied, and reaching for a bar that keeps rising higher and higher. We are members of the cult of efficiency, and we’re killing ourselves with productivity.

The passage at the beginning of this Introduction was written in 1932, not long after the stock market crash of 1929, which caused the Great Depression. Russell’s description of the “cult of efficiency” predates World War II, the rise of rock and roll, the civil rights movement, and the dawn of the twenty-first century. More important, in my mind: It was written before the creation of the internet and smartphones and social media.

In other words, technology didn’t create this cult; it simply added to an existing culture. For generations, we have made ourselves miserable while we’ve worked feverishly. We have driven ourselves for so long that we’ve forgotten where we are going, and have lost our capacity for “light-heartedness and play.” Read More

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Feel Like an Imposter? That’s a Good Sign

Seth Godin at the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women

There are many ideas about how to overcome imposter syndrome, that very common experience of doubting yourself despite how capable or successful you may be. But at the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women, marketing guru Seth Godin offered another way of looking at it.

“Of course, you feel like an imposter because you are one, and so am I,” he said. “How could it be otherwise? If you are going to lead, if you are going to project the future, if you are going to do something that has never been done before, how could you be sure [it will succeed]?” Read More

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The Fix: Overcoming the Invisible Barriers to Creating Cultures of Equality at Work

Michelle P. King
For years, we have heard that to succeed at work, we have to change—lean in, negotiate like a man, hold back on being nice. But Michelle King, Director of Inclusion for Netflix and author of the new book, The Fix, says we don’t need to fix women, we need to fix work—for the sake of women, men and the future of innovation.

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ENCORE: Personal Branding for Your Career Lifecycle | 2020 Session

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Your personal brand is how you are known, and the value others assign you. At any stage of your career, it has an impact on your opportunities, resources, referrals, and promotions. Whether you are a professional just starting out, a leader looking to advance to the executive level, or have your sights set on joining a corporate board, building a strong personal brand will have a big impact on your career lifecycle. Award-winning international reputation expert Lida Citroën shows audiences how to manage their personal brand in the way they communicate, behave and position themselves. She will reveal her secrets for taking ownership of your personal brand and driving your career lifecycle. Learn to assess your relevancy and reputation, design your legacy, layer your personal brand over your long-term career goals, and leverage a wide range of self-promotion strategies, from strategic networking to your signature style.

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The Power of Story: Rewriting Your Life | 2020 Session

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Are you writing your own story or living a life that has been written for you? Rising political media star Erica Williams Simon realized at twenty-seven that she was on a “treadmill to nowhere” and set off to build a bold new life for herself. In this session, she shares her personal story and her blueprint for seeking a new way to live by rewriting your personal narrative. Join this session to learn how to challenge the stories you’ve been told about fear, work, money, identify, faith, and love; and to become the protagonist of your own authentic, empowered, and ultimately world-changing story. 

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Breast Health for Life | 2020 Session

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When it comes to serious health issues like breast cancer, there is more in our control than we think. In fact, in many cases, the choices you make every day can reduce your risk factors and increase your overall well-being. Dr. Kristi Funk, noted breast cancer surgeon and co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center, dispels common misconceptions about breast cancer and presents evidence-based dietary and lifestyle secrets to living your healthiest life. Come listen as complex concepts get distilled into simple, actionable, take-it-home and start-right-now power!

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The Winding Road: Navigating Your Unique Career Path | 2020 Session

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Non-linear careers are the new normal. Gone are the days when professionals stuck to single jobs—or even single industries—before collecting their gold watch. Navigating the twists and turns of your career can be both exciting and stressful. Come learn from women who have created their own roadmaps, successfully shifting and pivoting between departments and industries. They will detail their professional evolution and what it took to make the hard decisions that ultimately led to career growth. Attendees will learn about challenging limiting beliefs, turning disappointments into opportunities, engaging your network, and staying nimble as you forge your own path.

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Lightening the Mental Load | 2020 Session

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How much of your energy is spent on invisible work—whether at the office or at home? Whether it is making sure everyone signed the boss’s birthday card or remembering to hire a date night babysitter, these thankless tasks exert a “mental load” that can increase stress levels, hinder productivity, and even slow down career advancement. Michelle King, host of The Fix podcast, opens this session by sharing the roots of this challenge in our homes and workplaces. She then leads a discussion about how to spend more time on socially and professionally recognized work and share the mental load with colleagues and, for those in domestic relationships, with partners.

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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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