TEDxBeaconStreet 2013 included talks by five amazing women leaders.
Beth Babcock, featured in another post, is the CEO of Crittenton Women’s Union. Her talk features the latest findings from brain science, which her organization is using to create new approaches for the war on poverty. View her talk here.
The other four women give advice from four different perspectives that might all be described as ways to make the most out of your life and your career.
First, Dr. Erica Ebbel Angle, founder of Science from Scientists and CEO of Counterpoint Health Solutions, encourages listeners to “explore your edges” to discover who you were meant to become and how to leave the most significant legacy. “Cool things happen at the edges”, Angle asserts, and tells her own story of being a self-described science geek and pageant queen, on her way to founding two organizations. View her talk here.
Kathleen Murphy, head of Personal Investing for Fidelity Investments, says “you work hard for your money”, and encourages viewers, men and women alike, to take a little time to “make sure that your money works hard for you”. Murphy makes a case for “taking time to prepare for the life you want to live”. Her talk is called Get Serious, Get Smart, Get Going!
Susan Colantuono, CEO of Leading Women, offers insight into so many women are “mired in the middle” of organizations and what has to happen to take them to the top. While women now constitute 50% of middle managers, companies have failed to close the gender gap at the highest levels. Colantuono’s research about the Missing 33% in the career advice given to women, i.e. the typically unspoken requirement that leaders must actively demonstrate business, financial, and strategic acumen to be considered for top jobs, will change how women prepare themselves for the highest-level positions. View her talk, Closing the Leadership Gender Gap.
Finally, Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact, shares advice for entrepreneurs in her humorous (but serious) talk “Founders Can’t Scale”. In this talk, she discusses what founders need to know if their organizations are to make the difficult transition from a small, entrepreneurial companies to successful large enterprises: founders must understand that “your flaws are hurting your team”, and that “feedback is a gift” that will help you change and adapt as your organization scales.