January 2016 Newsletter

The Very Best Career Advice

career-advice-compOver the past year, we asked past and future speakers at our conferences in Austin, Boston, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley for the best work or life advice they’ve ever received or given. Here’s the best of their best answers. Read More

7 Qualities of the Successful Job Applicant

Beth GrousBy Beth Grous, Chief People Officer, TripAdvisor

For more than 20 years, I’ve helped companies grow their businesses by retaining and hiring top talent. When I speak with prospective hires, one question comes up a lot: What qualities do you look for in the ideal candidate?

There is one quality that I most frequently seek out. Read More

Women in STEM: ‘Google Doesn’t Own the Monopoly on Innovation’

Cathy ScerboBy Cathy Scerbo, Vice President and Manager of IT Business Operations, Liberty Mutual Insurance

My mother is part of that generation of women who embraced Gloria Steinem and fought long and hard for freedoms that we today take for granted. And, wow, does that make her mad. Women today should be grateful, she says, for everything her generation did to move the needle on our place in society. By taking for granted all that she and her peers accomplished—think about something as basic as having a credit card in our own name without our husband’s approval—we diminish their struggle. I may be a successful career woman and parent, but my reaction to this argument remains ever that of growing up in a different generation.   Read More

How to Get Buy-in from Your Boss, Team, Client, Anyone!

Black, JoanneYou don’t have to be in sales to wish you were a good salesperson. After all, every instance of persuasion—whether it’s getting your team to improve its performance or your boss to green-light your proposal—is a form of selling. Being personable and articulate helps, of course. But getting buy-in is more about know-how than natural gifts, says Joanne Black, who has more than 35 years of sales and management experience and is author of Pick Up the Damn Phone: How People, Not Technology, Seal the Deal. Here, her four steps to winning people over to your side: Read More

Three Smart Things to Do—or Not Do—with Your Money

Quinn, Jane BryantLet’s be clear from the get-go: “Women are not any better or worse than men at managing their finances,” says Jane Bryant Quinn, a personal finance expert and author of new book How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide. “For example, it’s been reported that women are more conservative investors than men [so they, in effect, are preserving wealth rather than building it], but when you look at women who have actual investing experience, they are not more risk averse.” Read More

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