Category: Success & Leadership

Megan Rapinoe’s Tips on Building a Winning Team

Megan Rapinoe at the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women

There are so many topics that would be fun to talk with soccer superstar and women’s advocate Megan Rapinoe about. But leave it to pioneering journalist Pat Mitchell to zero in on one so relevant to so many of us.

At the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women Mitchell (the first woman president and CEO at PBS, former president of CNN, co-founder and curator of TED Women) asked: What lessons did you learn on the field that would apply to building any great team?

Here is what the co-captain of the outstanding U.S. Women Soccer team, FIFA player of the year, and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year had to say: Read More

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Indra Nooyi Has a 3-Point Plan to Advance Women in Leadership

Indra Nooyi at the 2020 Watermark Conference for Women

Imagine what at least one section of Indra Nooyi’s bucket list might look like:

  1. Immigrate to America.
  2. Become CEO of a Fortune 500 company (say, PepsiCo, for example.)
  3. Transform it into one of the world’s most successful food and beverage companies.
  4. Step down after being one of the longest-serving female CEOs. (A dozen years is good.)
  5. Boost the number of women in leadership positions nationwide.

Status report: Done, done, done, done—and just you wait. Read More

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A Seat at the Table: A Panel on Board Readiness | 2020 Session

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California became the first state in the nation to require women be included on corporate boards of directors when it passed SB 826 in 2018. This is an unprecedented opportunity for women who are board-ready and a call to action to future leaders. In this conversation, learn from corporate directors about their paths to the boardroom, including how they educated themselves, networked strategically, developed the necessary skills, and positioned themselves for success. Whether you are a seasoned executive considering board service in the next five years or an aspiring leader strategizing for down the line, join this discussion for valuable information about the road to board candidacy.

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Language Is Leadership: The Hidden Power of What You Say (And What You Don’t) | 2020 Session

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An effective leader used to be considered someone who had all the answers and issued clear orders so his or her team could execute a winning plan. And, this model still permeates many workplaces, where leaders speak first in meetings and everyone else (mostly) falls into line. The result is conformity, compliance, and less innovation, countering our best efforts to diversify our teams. It’s time to ditch command-and-control leadership and embrace language that expresses intent, curiosity, and a commitment to action. Former U.S. Navy Captain David Marquet illustrates how powerful the right words can be in doing this. He outlines specific shifts in day-to-day communication and meeting structure that can build a climate of collaborative experimentation, encouraging people to speak up when they notice problems and work together to identify and test solutions. 

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Becoming the Boss: A Panel for New Managers | 2020 Session

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First-time managers are not only learning a new role; they are learning what it truly means to lead. Transitioning from individual contributor to successful manager will require a different set of skills and a new professional identity as “the boss.” Author and executive coach Amy Jen Su shares how to tap into and expand your leadership capacity so that you can sustain your optimal level of performance and thrive in your new role. She then leads a conversation with experts about how first-time managers can earn trust, build influence, navigate team responsibilities, and become the leaders they want to be. 

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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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We’re All in This Together: How to Lead and Succeed in a Multigenerational Workplace | 2020 Session

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With five generations now in the workforce, individuals and organizations must embrace the reality of age diverse teams. To lead and succeed in business today requires an understanding of how to communicate effectively across differences and tackle situations that may arise when diverse styles clash. Candace Steele Flippin, a leading expert on generations in the workforce, opens this session with her research and strategies for how to thrive in a multigenerational workplace. She will then lead a conversation with diverse leaders on how they approach intergenerational teamwork.

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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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