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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Confident Women Do These 5 Things Well

By Trish Foster, Senior Director, Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University

 The gender confidence gap between men and women is real: compared to men, women are more deeply impacted by self-doubt. Numerous studies show that women experience unease regarding their career and job performance at a significantly greater rate than men. Women tend to apply for jobs only when they meet 100 percent of the qualifications while men feel confident to apply if they meet about 60 percent. Likewise, women have more trouble visualizing themselves as leaders than do men. And still more research suggests that women’s confidence wanes with experience while men’s grows.

But our confidence deficit is not the real news. The story that should matter for women is what erodes our confidence and, even more importantly, how we can fix it. Read More

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The Mindset That Wins: Strategies of an Elite Champion Runner

Desiree LindenIf anyone knows persistence and how to stay motivated, it’s Desiree Linden, last year’s winner of the Boston Marathon in the women’s category and the first American to win in 33 years.

Here’s a peek into Linden’s winning mindset.

It starts with a no-regrets attitude.

Linden had success as a college athlete, but she wasn’t one of those stars that everyone was watching. Still, she decided to pursue her dream of going pro.

“For me, it was worth the risk of answering that ‘what if’ question,” Linden explains. “I felt like I had the ability, and if I just put in a little bit more time, maybe I could do something special. There were no guarantees that I could even make a living, but I didn’t want to look back in 10 years and go, ‘What if?’” Read More

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Podcast | Make 2019 Your Year to Be Fearless

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If someone, with the track record to prove it, offered to share the five principles of fearlessness with you in 30 minutes—in a conversation you could listen to anywhere—would you tune in? Well, here’s your chance. We’re launching a new podcast series this month, with our first episode: a conversation on fearlessness—or really how fearlessness is not the lack of fear, but the courage to overcome it. The segment will feature Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, and author of Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. You’ll learn about the surprising traits Case discovered great change-makers have in common. (Hint: They aren’t wealth, privilege, or even genius.) Case will share how to put the five fearless principles to work in your own life or organization so that you, too, can change the world.

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Navigating the Workplace in a Post #MeToo World…Now What? | Podcast

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, cultural norms and workplace policies are evolving. And new questions and realities are starting to surface. Anecdotes of men avoiding women have started to proliferate. Some men wonder: Is it safe to take a closed-door meeting with a woman? Is it safe to mentor one? Join labor law leader Grace Speights for a forward-looking, 30-minute Q&A session about the workplace in a post #MeToo world. Drawing on her years of experience and her knowledge of employment best practices, she discusses how to dispel fear and mistrust to create a workplace that works for everyone. Read More

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Overcome Unconscious Bias | Podcast

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In the thick of conference season, we decided to record this interview with Dr. Tiffany Jana in advance, and make it available for you to listen to at your convenience.

Let us know what you think about this new format in the comments!


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Update on Happiness (It’s All Good!)

Happiness is largely a choice. That may sound like magical thinking or like what no-guff grandparents meant when they said to buck up, but it’s actually the finding of a field of scientific study called positive psychology.

“Many people think they can’t be happy right now because of their biochemistry or their job or life situation, but research has shown that we are not just our genes and environment,” says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness and co-founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research. “We have a different picture of what it is to be human. We can train our brain to become more optimistic and thus happier.” Read More

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Free Teleclass | Navigating the Workplace in a Post #MeToo World…Now What?

Navigating the Workplace in a Post #MeToo World…Now What?
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Career Lessons from a YouTube Star

When a video goes viral on YouTube, a lot of luck is involved for sure. But that luck is often in combination with even more hard work.

At least that was the case for Franchesca Ramsey, a video blogger with more than 29 million views on YouTube. When her video “Sh*t That White Girls Say… to Black Girls” went viral in 2012, she had been writing, filming and posting for more than six years—when she wasn’t entering standup comedy contests, trying to get acting auditions or working at her day job in web design. Read More

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How to Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless | Podcast

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Talent and luck play a big part on your road to success, but what role do grit and perseverance play? In 30 minutes, Jen Welter, the first woman to coach in the NFL (for the Arizona Cardinals), will provide specifics about how she succeeded through force of will and determination and reveal the wisdom she gained over countless setbacks and challenges. With wit and candor, Welter, who has a Ph.D. in psychology, will share her hard-earned advice for cultivating true perseverance and toughness.
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