Who Amanda Southworth Thinks Needs to Create the Future We Want

Amanda Southworth at the 2019 MA Conference for Women

Amanda Southworth used to be suicidal, unsure if she wanted to live or let it all go because it was too painful. She chose life—more specifically, a life of helping others. Read More

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The Q&A—Navigating Change in Your Career

Tiffany DotsonWith Liberty Mutual’s Dr. Tiffany Dotson

“Focus on improving instead of proving.”

Q: You talk about people finding their “true north” — or confidence in their ability to successfully lead and inspire change in themselves and others. How did you go about finding your true north?”

Given my multiple interests, I have tried many different things. It was important for me to get clear on what I do well with minimal preparation versus what gives me trouble (even if I am drawn to it.) Finally, I became OK with not being great at everything and instead I worked more towards amplifying my natural strengths and talents. Read More

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How Simon Sinek Views the Rules of the Infinite Games We All Play

Simon Sinek at the 2019 MA Conference for Women

There are two kinds of games in life, leadership expert Simon Sinek said: Finite games, like football. And infinite games, like most things—from business to personal relationships. Read More

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What Yara Shahidi Does to Stay Positive

Yara Shahidi at the 2019 MA Conference for Women

You might wonder: Why wouldn’t this 19-year-old feel positive?

Michelle Obama wrote her a letter of recommendation for Harvard. Oprah said she could be president someday. She stars in the popular TV shows, Black-ish and Grown-ish. She has a famously supportive family. And, she’s remarkably well adjusted.

Well, there is, as she puts it, the “never-ending list of social ills and troubles that can naturally spiral into feelings of hopelessness.” Read More

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Tara Westover Says Think Differently—about What It Means to Be Educated

Tara Westover at the 2019 MA Conference for Women

When Tara Westover first heard that Rosa Parks was arrested for taking a seat on a bus, she tried to figure out how (and why) she would physically remove a seat from a bus. That is how lacking she was in knowledge of American culture after being raised by survivalist parents who denied her a right to an education until she was old enough to apply to college herself. Read More

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What Malala Thinks About Male Allies

Malala Yousafzai“If we do not engage men, it’s missing the point,” Malala said. “The issue lies there.”

But engagement, she said, has to amount to more than talk. “Men need to not just say they support women but take action by giving room for women to come to the table and speak.”

Using her famous father as an example, she said that although his own sisters were not permitted to get an education, he ensured that Malala, and other girls, could be educated by founding and running a school for girls and boys.

He also wrote Malala’s name on the family tree, the first female ever to be put on it.  And, what a female she has turned out to be.


Read more from the December 2019 newsletter.

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How Malala Finds—and Keeps Finding—Her Courage

Malala Yousafzai at the 2019 MA Conference for Women

Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban at the tender age of 10. At 15, she survived an assassination attempt. At 16, she became the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. You might think nothing scares her. Read More

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What Megan Rapinoe Wants You to Know in 2020

Megan Rapinoe at the 2019 MA Conference for Women

“In the future,” Andy Warhol famously said, “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” After Megan Rapinoe’s year, one might be inclined to update that. Read More

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To Be a Great Boss, Focus on These Three Qualities

Fran Hauser

If you’ve ever been told you won’t be able to get ahead if you’re too nice, Fran Hauser, author of The Myth of the Nice Girl, has news for you.

You don’t have to choose between kindness and strength. You only have to focus on how you communicate—which is more important today than ever. Read More

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Four Ways to Candidly Improve Your Work Relationships

Kim Scott

It can’t be fun to be pulled aside by Sheryl Sandberg, after giving what you think was a successful presentation to Google’s Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, and be told that when you say “um” every third word, it makes you sound ignorant and stupid and you really should see a speech coach.

But Kim Scott, author of New York Times best-selling book, Radical Candor, was  immensely grateful for the experience—because, after seeing that speech coach, she discovered she really did say “um” every third word; and after a career of giving talks, she felt like Sandberg was the first person to point out that she had a giant hunk of spinach between her teeth. Read More

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