Speaker Articles

My Five Steps for Navigating Career Success

By Pamela Aldsworth, Head of Venture Capital Relationship Management, Silicon Valley Bank

I am often asked: How did you navigate your career from lender at a local bank to managing director at global tech lender Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)? First, it took nearly 25 years. Second, I consciously sought to make a difference in every job I took. Finally and most importantly, I did not do it alone; I sought out people who could help me along the way.

Now in my role at SVB, I am in a terrific position to help others, particularly those who may have never thought of themselves as entrepreneurs and innovators. While money is flowing in tech, it still is a challenging time to raise capital and launch a company, especially if it’s your first try. Read More

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Brené Brown on Courage, Grounded Confidence and How Her New Book Has Changed Her Approach to Leading and Work

Even for Brené Brown, renowned author, researcher and expert on being brave, leading doesn’t come easy. “Being a founder and CEO is one of the most challenging roles in my life when it comes to showing up as my best self, leaning into tough conversations and making hard calls—all in the service of others,” says Brown, who heads Brené Brown Education and Research Group as well as holds an endowed chair at the University of Houston. “Seriously, it’s up there with parenting and partnering.”

With her new book that’s out this month, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts, Brown provides actionable strategies for the workplace, based on seven years of studying top leaders and teams around the world. She’ll be speaking at the 2019 Watermark Conference for Women in February. In the meantime, she took time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions. Read More

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Yes, You Can Change People’s Minds

Your group has always done things one way. You think you have a better way. How to sway them to your side?

You probably think data is the answer, but that’s unlikely to be enough to win over minds. Consider all the evidence of climate change and the many people who remain unconvinced by it.

“Data is important to uncover the truth, but it is not enough to convince people of that truth,” says Tali Sharot, Ph.D., a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University College London and author of The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others. “When you show people data that goes against what they believe or what they want to believe, their brains shut down, metaphorically speaking, and don’t absorb what you’re saying.” Read More

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Must-Have Answers from ‘Ask a Manager’ Author Alison Green

For many employees, the work itself is easy. It’s the office politics that are hard. That’s partly why Alison Green started her blog, “Ask a Manager,” 11 years ago. A chief of staff at a non-profit organization at the time, she kept thinking that coworkers would have made different decisions if they’d had their boss’ or HR’s perspective.

“As a manager, I could see that people weren’t going to get the outcome they thought they were,” Green recalls. “It occurred to me that a lot of people would benefit from knowing what their bosses are thinking when they hear x or what they mean when they say y.” Read More

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Office Hours: How to Self-Promote Without Feeling Like a Show-off

Talking yourself up when it’s expected, say, during a job interview, is one thing. But doing it during a team meeting or one-on-one with your boss can feel silly, phony, even slimy. As a result, many women don’t do it—and hold back their careers.

So how do you take credit for your work and feel authentic to yourself? Here, three executive women offer their advice: Read More

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