Cut the Complexity—and Do More Valuable Work

Lisa Bodell

Meetings, overflowing email inboxes, procedures and policies are all adding complexity to our jobs, hurting our productivity and, most importantly, blocking us from doing the work that has meaning to us.

“Typically, we’re not [even] doing our best thinking at work because we’re so busy doing stuff,” says Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink and author of Why Simple Wins.

Here are five ways Bodell suggests simplifying work: Read More

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3 Facts About Ambition That Will Help You Succeed

Hana Schank

Hana Schank

When careers don’t go as planned, what went wrong—and how do people adjust? Seeking to find answers that would help them navigate their own paths, Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace interviewed all of their sorority sisters who graduated with them from Northwestern University in 1993. What they learned was “life-changing,” Schank says, because it gave validity to their choices, and she saw “I wasn’t just flailing here and there.”

But you don’t have to be going through a midlife crisis to be helped by their findings, which they published in The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family and the Path to Building a Life. Here are three key facts about ambition that every woman should know: Read More

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Meet Shawn Achor, Happiness Researcher

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Women Mean Business with Shawn Achor

How does the science of happiness work? What’s the connection between happiness and success? And how do you test hypotheses about happiness in the real world, outside of the lab? CFW friend Shawn Achor sat down with us to explain the whys and hows of happiness research—and why his findings are important for your life.

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Heart Your Kidneys

Dugan MadduxBy Dugan Maddux, M.D., Vice President for Kidney Disease Initiatives, Fresenius Medical Care North America

The kidneys and the heart usually work in harmony as the heart pumps blood to the kidneys, which remove toxins from the body. But when one gets sick, the other organ often suffers as well. A growing body of research documents the way heart disease impacts kidney function and how kidney disease can trigger or worsen heart disease.

About 30 million U.S. adults, or one in seven, are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most are undiagnosed, remaining unaware of kidney disease and its potential impact on their lives. Nearly 85 percent of patients with CKD also have high blood pressure and/or diabetes, according to the United States Renal Data System. Read More

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Live Richer in 2019 with Tiffany “the Budgetnista” Aliche

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America’s favorite personal finance educator shares her top tips for maximizing your money in 2019, how to prepare for unexpected financial hardships, and the least-scary ways to raise your net worth.


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4 Ways You Can Help Grow Female Representation in STEM Organizations

By Irene Lam, VP, Product Development, Johnson Controls, and Melissa Jean, Product Marketing Specialist, Johnson Controls

Last year, women made strides in the professional world. We showed that we have a strong collective voice that can create palpable change across the nation. That momentum will no doubt continue in 2019, and will hopefully extend into previously male-dominated spaces, such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Businesses in the STEM sphere are in need of greater female representation to succeed in this modern era. Read More

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2018 Session | Inspiration to Ignite Your Inner Rebel: Real Stories from Real Rebel Girls

From Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to global best-selling authors, creators of the “Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls” series Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli share their rebellious journey. Hear how their battle against Silicon Valley sexism led to writing stories of real women. Learn why the fight for gender equality begins with the stories we tell our children and how their book series sparked a movement of rebel girls across the globe. Walk away inspired to unleash your inner rebel and make a difference for yourself and the next generation of pioneers to come. Read More

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2018 Session | Conscious Minimalism: Be More with Less

Are you overwhelmed by busyness? The quest to earn more, produce more, and be more can complicate the simpler, more intentional lives we desire. Author Courtney Carver knows first-hand about the consequences of a busy life, which compromised her relationships and eventually threatened her health. In this workshop, the author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More will share how to stop getting caught up in the rush and to discover the power of simplicity. She shares how conscious minimalism can improve health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our lives. You will learn how to get rid of excess and create more with less—more space, more time, and even more love. Read More

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2018 Session | Mental Health Crisis: Managing the Anxiety & Depression Epidemic Today

Rates of anxiety, depression and suicide have skyrocketed in the last few decades and continue to rise at a staggering rate. Unlike other diseases, mental health doesn’t discriminate. It hits hard and it hits everyone regardless of background as we have seen with the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain—people who looked on paper like they had it all. The stats are alarming: 1 in 5 American children and college students suffer from a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. And according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 75% of all mental health conditions begin before the age of 24. Whether you are suffering yourself or caring for children who are suffering, it is important to know you are not alone. This session will discuss warning signs, resources, and strategies available to help you manage through crisis. A panel of experts and pioneers who have braved the battle will share their experiences and offer guidance for those in need. Read More

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2018 Session | Leverage the Gig Economy to Accelerate Your Career Trajectory

Blogging, graphic design, coaching, copywriting—the list is endless. Discover how you can leverage your knowledge, hidden talents and network (beyond your desk job) to create your own career trajectory. Whether you are looking to supplement your current salary or find a flexible alternative to the traditional world of work, this session will offer valuable insights to consider by diving into the Gig Economy. Hear from experts and peers who have taken the plunge and explore what it’s all about, how to get started and what works for you given your unique talents. Walk away with advice and motivation to take charge of your career destiny and lead the life you “actually” want. Read More

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