Gloria Steinem on Women in 2019

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“It’s a truth-telling in the past couple of years that I haven’t seen before in the majority….the likelihood of being believed has increased.”
—Women’s rights pioneer and advocate Gloria Steinem 

What would you ask Gloria Steinem if you could? This February, Steinem spoke at our Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose along with communication expert, award-winning journalist and author (and our new podcast host, but more about that later!) Celeste Headlee

After their keynote appearance, Headlee continued the conversation so you could hear more of Steinem’s singular perspective on the state of women in the year 2019. We think you’ll enjoy their 20-minute conversation, and you’ll definitely think of Steinem the next time you get angry at work—or give your kid a hug.

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How to Master the Tiny Habits That Will Help You Reach Your Potential

One step at a time

When he was a teenager, James Clear got hit in the face with a bat during a baseball game. It took surgery and nearly nine months for him to be able to work on regaining basic functions, like walking in a straight line. And even then, he could only focus on developing one tiny new habit a time. But together, these tiny habits turned out to make a difference—big enough that, in college, he was named an Academic all-American.

Luckily for us, Clear also went on to be an expert in how tiny habits can help us reach our potential—insights he compiled in 2018 New York Times best-selling book, Atomic Habits and is sharing with the Conferences for Women.*

“Excellence is not really about making radical changes,” he says. “It’s about accruing small improvements over time and committing to this philosophy of continuous improvement.” Read More

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Six Powerful Ways to Take (Happy) Charge of Your Time

How to (Happily) Take Charge of Your Time

If you wanted to, you could read more than 5 billion search results about how to save time. But, ironically, that might be a waste of your time. After all, as KJ Dell’Antonia, former New York Times reporter and author of How to Be a Happier Parent, says:

“When it comes to time, you can savor it. You can endure it. You can miss it—which is that thing when you suddenly look up at the clock and realize you just spent an hour and a half on Facebook. But you really cannot save it. It only moves in one direction.” Read More

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Livestream Tickets Now Available!

The Conference is sold out, but you can still join in!

New for 2019, the Massachusetts Conference for Women is offering Livestream Tickets that will allow you to watch video of keynote and select breakout sessions while they happen from the comfort of your computer.

Livestream tickets are $50 each and good for one device at a time. Details below.

 

 


What You Get

 

Access to a private video stream of:

Both morning and afternoon keynote sessions

+ Two breakout session options during each session period:

  • Session I: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Session II: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Session III: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 


How it Works

 

  • Purchase a livestream ticket on our registration page.
  • The livestream URL and your unique access code will be emailed to you in advance of the Conference date. That email will also contain any technical details you need to have a smooth viewing experience. 
  • Livestreamed video is only available live—it will not be available for playback and recording of any type is strictly prohibited.
  • Your access code will only function on one device at a time.

*Stream quality optimized for viewing on standard desktop monitors and smaller devices.

 

 

Questions? Email [email protected] for help.


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Be Brilliant: Play to Your Strengths—with Caroline Webb

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Caroline WebbWant to make your brain work for you?

Caroline Webb, an economist and former McKinsey partner, discusses proven strategies to have more effective, meaningful experiences at work—and brings the burgeoning field of behavioral science down to earth.

Listen in and pick up tips you can use right now to have a better day.

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The Q&A: Barbara Borgonovi

Barbara Borgonovi

Innovation award-winner Barbara Borgonovi:

 

“This is the power of diverse teams: We are better together.”

Barbara Borgonovi, Vice President of Integrated Communication Systems for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, shares 5 insights into her childhood dream job, how she navigates being the only woman in the room, what she’s learned about career advancement and innovation—and what she’d want a mentor to tell her if she was just starting out today. Read More

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Networking is More (and Less) Than You Think

Laura Okmin

Sometimes, the most valuable lessons come from the most humbling moments. At least, it was one of those moments that gave FOX NFL reporter Laura Okmin one of her greatest insights in what not to do when networking.

As a young reporter, and the first woman to be covering TV news in Alabama, she had gotten to know Charles Barkley, the NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

“One day, I called Charles and he answered the phone and said: “Well, well, well. Laura Okmin, what do you need?” And I went: “Well, can’t a girl just call and say hello?” “A girl can,” he said. “You just never do.…I know when you call, you need something. So, what do you need?”

Register one of the biggest networking mistakes: always having an agenda. From then on, Okmin made sure she reached out to offer something—such as, congratulations on wins and condolences on losses—more often than she asked for something. She’d learned that networking is really about relationship-building.

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The Real Road to the C-Suite

Shoma Chatterjee

Shoma Chatterjee

There’s an image many of us have of who makes it to the C-Suite: Think square-jawed, 6’4″ tall, Ivy League educated, followed a linear road to success. No mistakes. Right?

Well, not exactly. According to a study of 18,000 executives who were finalists for C-Suite positions, conducted by GhSMART, a New York-based executive advisory firm: 

  • 45 percent got there after surviving at least one big career blow-up.
  • 33 percent took a giant leap that they didn’t feel ready for. “They went through all the imposter syndrome gremlins that said, ‘You shouldn’t do it.’ But somehow, they did; and that was the pivotal moment for them,” said GhSMART’s Shoma Chatterjee.
  • 66 percent started small—beginning their own business, or taking on a project in another country or region where they could see a business through end-to-end.

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Is there room for all of US?

Stephanie Browne“The majority of the U.S. population will be people of color by 2050.”

By Stephanie Browne, VP of Talent Acquisition and Chief Diversity Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Did you know that the majority of the U.S. population will be people of color by 2050?

Companies who count the public as the main consumer of their products and services will need to be even more aware of the likes and dislikes of all their customers. They will need to be culturally competent to understand the different cultures that shape their consumers’ opinions on health, foods, travel and community. If everyone in your company has similar backgrounds and experiences, this can’t happen. It’s important to invest and embrace in an employee base that is generationally and racially diverse, and gender-balanced. You must create a culture that fosters curiosity and respect for all ideas, allows for continuous learning and is free of bias that hinders innovation. Read More

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The Q&A

Susan LaPointeHuman Resources VP Susan LaPointe: “Women have tremendous confidence today. We are no longer willing to sit on the sidelines.”

Susan LaPointe, VP of Human Resources of the Web Division at Akamai Technologies (a leader in content delivery network services and cloud security systems) shares the best and boldest decision she ever made, what she’s learned about success, and more.

Q: What was your dream job as a child?

I wanted to be a graphic designer because I loved to doodle.

Q: What do you love about the work you do now? 

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