Podcast | Make Your Next Move with Confidence

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Learn how to pivot strategically, and you’ll see change as an opportunity rather than as a crisis. In 30 minutes, Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One, will share her four-stage method for moving forward, which you can cycle through every time you hit a plateau or want to shift direction. You’ll come away knowing how to • identify new opportunities without falling prey to analysis-paralysis or compare-and-despair • reduce risk by running small experiments • and launch with confidence.
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Carla Harris on How to Lead and Succeed

Carla HarrisWhen Carla Harris first went to Harvard 30-some years ago, she had two beliefs that she ended up adjusting. The first was that Harris, now a vice chairman and managing director at Morgan Stanley, would be a lawyer.

The second: that only her professors would have things to teach her. “I actually learned as much from my classmates, who were from all over the country and the world,” she says. “The many different perspectives opened my eyes to everything, from the Holocaust to the best library to study in.”

No doubt, Harris’s adaptability as well as her growth mindset has helped her compete on Wall Street—and conquer it. In a couple of days, she will be a keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Conference for Women; in the meantime, here, the author of Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over Your Career shares some of the lessons she has learned while climbing the corporate ladder: Read More

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In Praise of First Jobs

As mindless as many first jobs are, they can prove to be invaluable experiences. How else would many of us know how to carry six plates at a time or fold sweaters so neatly? On a more serious note, starter stints can teach useful lessons about people, ourselves and the nature of work. Check out what initiated some of our 2016 speakers into the world of gainful employment—and what they learned. Read More

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‘You Are Never Too Old to Dream Big’

Caytha JentisBy Caytha Jentis

Completing “The Other F Word,” my fourth production since deciding to become a filmmaker in my early forties, led me to reflect on my journey.

Like the Joseph Campbell heroes we studied in film school, it began when I ran away from northern New Jersey to the woods of Amherst, Massachusetts, one summer after my 40th birthday. Suffering an existential midlife crisis, I was an angry, angst-ridden stay-at-home mom who wondered how, as an ambitious post-feminist, I had gotten there. Read More

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Free Teleclass | Make Your Next Move with Confidence

Jenny BlakeMake Your Next Move with Confidence
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
1:00-1:30pm Eastern

Eventbrite - Make Your Next Move with Confidence (Free Teleclass with Jenny Blake)
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How She Got There: Renee Connolly’s Path to Becoming Head of Global Communications and Corporate Responsibility at MilliporeSigma

Renee Connolly (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Massachusetts Conference for Women)Surviving the loss of your mom when you’re young doesn’t just make you stronger. It also makes you focus on what’s important early on and gives you clarity on your purpose in life when most of your contemporaries are still searching for a purpose. In other words, it makes you grow up pretty quick.

This was the case for Renee Connolly, whose non-smoker mom died from non-small cell lung cancer just as Connolly was about to start her senior year in college. “I wanted to stay home and help take care of my brother, who was in grade school, but Dad insisted that I finish my degree,” Connolly recalls. “It was important to my mom that I graduate since she never had the opportunity to go to college.”

Sticking it out would become a theme to Connolly’s career, as would wiser-than-her-years decisions. Here’s her path, and the lessons she learned along the way, to becoming the head of global communications and corporate responsibility at MilliporeSigma. Read More

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Mindy Kaling on Her First Job, Worst Job and Being the Boss

Mindy KalingDuring a summer of inordinate hot air (from the election cycle as well as the heat outside), Mindy Kaling’s down-to-earthiness is a welcome cool breeze. When asked about being brave, one of the only women to create, produce, write and star in her own network series—and the only one to put her name in the show’s title—is quick to contextualize her courage. “Have I been brave?” Kaling asks. “I’m not sure—I hope so. Bravery to me takes its form in women like Gabrielle Giffords and Malala Yousafzai. I have learned so much from them.”

Here, Kaling, whose book Why Not Me? comes out in paperback next month, took a break from working on Season 5 of The Mindy Project (premieres October 4 on Hulu) to talk about the work lessons she has learned along her path. Read More

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Three Ways Women Hold Themselves Back

Trudy BourgeoisFifteen years ago, Trudy Bourgeois resigned from her vice president job managing a $3 billion business unit—and walked away from a healthy six-figure salary, country club memberships, first class plane tickets to everywhere for her husband and herself and much, much more. “When I told my mom about my decision, she started to cry,” Bourgeois recalls. “She asked if she needed to get the sisters together to pray. I was living the dream for a lot of people.” Read More

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How She Got There: Marian Heard’s Path to Becoming the CEO and President of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the CEO of United Ways of New England

Marian HeardIf you know Marian Heard or ever meet her, please ask her to write her autobiography. Future readers inspired by the community leader who has worked with the last six presidents will be thankful, of course. But even more grateful will be future historians and biographers. Retracing her steps is tough work!

It’d be one thing if Heard had taken on one endeavor after another. She would probably need to work until she’s 150 to accomplish everything she has accomplished, but at least the rest of us would be able to wrap our brains around her career path. Instead, she is a true multi-tasker—that is, if running several businesses simultaneously or leading a couple of organizations while attending school are considered tasks. Read More

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Glamour’s Cindi Leive on Courage, Confidence and What Mirror Selfies Are Good for

Cindi LeiveTo talk to Cindi Leive about careers is to wish Glamour’s editor in chief were your boss—if not your best friend. She’s not just warm, funny and smart. She also telegraphs a big heart, the vibe that she cares and wants to help—women in general and those she personally knows.

It’s partly Leive’s candidness that conveys this generous spirit. Case in point: she freely admits that the secret to her confidence when she was 32 and at her first helm (at Self) was, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know!” Read More

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