Podcast: Strategies to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Carson TateLife today is busy! We tell ourselves that if only we could make better use of our downtime or multitask more cleverly we’d get ahead of the busyness…but that’s not how it works. In this 30-minute podcast, productivity guru Carson Tate offers strategies to help you work simply AND live fully. Click Play to listen or read the full transcript below. Read More

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What You Really Need to Do to Move Up

Banks,-Gloria-Mayfield-220x300Do you undermine yourself when you talk? If you say “just” a lot (as in, just checking in or this will just take a minute), former Google executive Ellen Petry Leanse says yes. In her LinkedIn blog post, which got a lot of people talking this summer, she claims that women say the word a lot more than men, and that the tendency can undercut one’s clarity and credibility. “Using the word is a way to soften your comments or tone down your strength—no woman uses it when telling her child to take out the trash,” says Gloria Mayfield Banks, a motivational success strategist and trainer and founding partner of Charisma Factor. Read More

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Tips from the Corner Office: A Silicon Valley Insider’s Take on Success

Tsai, Christine“It’s said that experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want,” says Christine Tsai, founding and managing partner of 500 Startups, a venture capital seed fund. “If that’s the case, then I’ve amassed heaps of experience over the years.” Tsai, who graduated from college “at the worst possible time—right after the dot com bust” and tried several times to get a transfer at Google before moving to the product marketing team, has learned that “perseverance is the most important trait you can have.” She considers it the secret to success. To tap more of her wisdom gained from succeeding in Silicon Valley, (which recent news has shown to be a boys’ club, no less), we asked her to play career coach for an hour. Read More

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Style in the Workplace

It is proven that when you look good and put yourself together, you not only feel good, but you are more productive and successful. Former Cosmopolitan editor Kate White will provide you with practical tips (that work with any budget) for creating your own personal style in the workplace. She will also explore the true essence of style beyond what you wear and how that can make a tremendous impact on your career. Read More

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Candid Conversations: Women Succeeding in STEM Careers

This session will offer a candid reflection on career success in STEM. Using real-life examples from women leaders in STEM, we will address common questions associated with being a woman in a niche industry, including:
– How do I get into the industry?
– What do I need to do to be successful?
– What career paths are available?
– What hardships do women in STEM face and how are they overcome?

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Being Global: Building Your Career Outside of “Boston”

One area of focus that is important for women to think about is their careers and possible career trajectory NOT only in terms of local Boston opportunities, but how they can operate and succeed in a global matrix organization. This discussion will explore how to work across geographies and cultures and what it takes to succeed. We will also address the stereotype that women “aren’t mobile” — and offer strategies for not only breaking the stereotype, but mobilizing and going where the opportunities lie. Read More

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Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success

How people perceive you or your product is vital to success. Now with the Internet, social media and the unrelenting hum of 24/7 business, the ability to brand and promote effectively has become absolutely essential. No matter how talented you are, it doesn’t matter unless managers can see those talents and think of you as an invaluable employee, a game-changing manager or the person whose name is synonymous with success. No matter how cool your product may be, it doesn’t matter unless customers can see its value and open their wallets! Read More

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Finding the Courage to Follow Your Passion: A Conversation With Today’s Rising Stars

We live in a culture of perfectionism despite the logic of knowing that nothing and no one can be perfect. Making mistakes is not only natural but necessary to build character, learn and grow. Is the fear of making mistakes and achieving perfection holding you back from taking a chance at school, home or in life? Read More

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Secrets for Winning at Work: The Handbook for Emerging Professionals and Career Success

It’s not easy to enter the workforce today. For the first time in history, four generations are sharing the workplace — and sometimes it feels like they are living in four different worlds. How can young professionals navigate through the traditional traditionalists, the still-booming boomers, the xtra-independent Gen-X-ers and your own generation, the tech-or-die Gen-Ys? Lindsey Pollak — often called a “translator” among the generations — and seasoned veteran Kate White will use real-world examples to teach you how to navigate the workforce in a language that is friendly, current and actionable. Designed for millennial-generation professionals, this session will help you create a personal action plan for career success. Read More

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Bentley University Career Spotlight: An Auditor Moves Up to VP

Bentley U_Theresa BrestenEarly in her career at Hood, Theresa Bresten learned that, sometimes, being perfect wasn’t good enough.

“At work and at home, I was a perfectionist,” admits Bresten, who eventually rose through the ranks to become the 165-year-old company’s vice president and treasurer, all while raising a daughter and son. “I needed to learn how to be realistic, flexible and adaptable.” Read More

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