Anna Akbari

2018 Session | We Persist: Building Resilience for Success

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An unexpected stumble or fall can throw off our careful planning and feel like a defeat. But, a setback can also unleash creativity, provide new opportunities, and strengthen resolve: key ingredients for success. Using real-life experiences, this engaging discussion will help you discover how facing challenges can help you build grit, grow professionally, and reach your goals. Whether you are bouncing back from a personal or work-related disappointment, attend this session to learn how to become more resilient and, ultimately, successful. Read More

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2018 Session | Your Survival Guide for the New Office

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A new job brings fresh opportunities to forge relationships, build your skills, and make your mark. Author of Work It Carrie Kerpen leads this panel of business leaders and thinkers in a conversation about establishing your reputation from day one on the job. They share their actionable tips for getting off on the right foot with your new boss, familiarizing yourself with your new company’s culture, and building trust with and earning the respect of your new coworkers. Join this panel to learn the tools you need to quickly establish yourself as a valued member of your new team. Read More

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Does Your Image Match Your Professional Goals?

Anna AkbariMost of us would never send work emails that were full of sloppy mistakes. Yet many of us do the equivalent on a daily basis with our outward appearance. “The way you present yourself is part of how others filter and receive what you’re saying,” says Anna Akbari, a sociologist, image and innovation expert and author of Start Up Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness. “Someone who is projecting the wrong image can’t communicate effectively.”

In other words, clothes matter—as do shoes, jewelry and hair. And they matter as much for men as they do for women. “Having the right look signals that you know the rules and that you belong,” Akbari explains. “The only difference between men and women is that it’s a lot easier for men to get it right. They don’t have hemlines, cleavage, heel height and everything else to consider.”

To help you put your best foot forward, Akbari, who will be speaking at the 2017 Watermark Conference for Women, offers three simple steps that can vastly improve your image: Read More

2017 Speakers Share: The Jobs They’ll Never Do Again

Working has its ups and downs, but with some jobs, the only high point is leaving. Still, the negative experience made them tougher and informed their future decisions. Some even say that it taught them something valuable about themselves. To help you get to know a little more about our speakers, we took a page from talent recruiters and asked some of our speakers: What’s a job you’ve had, or a task you’ve had to do for a job, that you never want to do again? Check out their answers.   Read More

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