Speaker Articles

How to Stop a Bad Boss from Impeding Your Career

If you have a difficult boss, you know what it is to feel stuck. You can always quit, of course, but leaving without a new job is risky. Most people can’t take the financial or professional hit. Or maybe you are at a great company and simply don’t want to leave.

The thing to remember in this situation: “Your career is a marathon and not a sprint,” says Mary Abbajay, president and CEO of management consultancy Careerstone Group. “Every long run has rough patches, but that’s when you grow—when you’re being challenged.” Read More

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10 Minutes, 3 Poses, 1 Great Way to Start the Day

Though her reputation as a yoga practitioner got its start on Instagram (360,000 followers and counting!), Jessamyn Stanley wants you to know that yoga is more than “handstands on the beach.”

Much more.

“A lot of people focus on the athletic aspect or fitness benefits, but for me, yoga provides a blueprint for life,” says Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body. “It’s a practice that helps you as you go through your day—and life.” Read More

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Your Tax Refund: What This Money Writer Says to Do with It

Some of us take an interest in personal finance when we start pulling a real paycheck. Some of us become interested when we run into debt problems or set our sights on a big goal like saving for a house. Kristin Wong was drawn to money matters as a teenager, and read books on the topic while in high school.

“Growing up, I experienced my family going from being pretty broke to middle class,” she says. “I saw how financial change can impact your life, the power your finances can have over your life.” Read More

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Office Hours: What to Do When You Get a New Boss

Changes in management can be unsettling, whether they’re part of a major restructuring or due to just one person’s departure. We asked Suzanne Quigley, director of community and corporate responsibility at QVC and PA Conference for Women board member, for her advice on what to do when you get a new boss. Read More

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5 Mantras for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Do Good

We all know how start-ups have been disrupting business, changing how we shop, bank, dine out, meet up and get around. From sector to sector, technology is removing inefficiencies, and as a result, our lives are more convenient and improved.

Yet one part of the start-up landscape that we don’t often hear about is the social enterprise space: for-profit companies that are using technology to help advance humankind. Read More

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Thinking of Joining a Non-Profit Board?

Gail HunterAbout 20 years ago, when she worked for the Seattle Mariners, Gail Hunter reached out to the YMCA of Greater Seattle about joining its board. “My family had been members forever and it was a big part of my childhood,” says Hunter, now vice president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors. “I wanted to give back.”

But expanding your network, acquiring new skills or even giving your résumé a boost are all fine reasons for wanting to join a non-profit board, according to Hunter. That is, “as long as you are willing to do the work,” she says. “Organizations need their board members to be committed and active.” Read More

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3 Things You Need to Know About Failure

Jessica LaheyIf the thought of your biggest mistakes or failures makes you want to throw up, you’re certainly not alone. That’s how school teacher Jessica Lahey still feels when talking about the first draft of her New York Times best-selling book.

“My editor said it was unpublishable and wanted to bring in a ghost writer,” says Lahey, who wangled a second chance, and after a lot of hard work, redeemed herself—and her writing. Read More

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Office Hours: Help for When a Colleague Makes More Than You

You just found out that a coworker is paid more than you. But the two of you have the same job. What should you do?

You could call your network (and you should). You could also read our new column, “Office Hours,” where we’ll be posing your burning career questions to our board members and other Conference for Women friends.

Here’s what four business leaders from our boards would recommend doing if you’re underpaid—advice you can take to the bank, literally! Read More

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Resolved: Make Philanthropy Part of Your Estate Planning

Debbie ZateenyBy Debbie Zateeny, Partner, Zateeny Loftus, LLP

Women are well known for their generosity during their lifetimes: They are more likely to give—and to give more—than men in similar situations, according to research by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Yet many women don’t initially include philanthropy in their estate plans or their retirement income plans. Perhaps our natural instinct as caretakers is to think of our loved ones first. Even so, clients should be asked whether they wish to consider planned giving options (such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities), IRA rollovers to charity or specific charitable bequests at death. Read More

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Business School Can Help on Your Way to the Top!

Joyce RussellBy Joyce E. A. Russell, Dean, Villanova School of Business

The latest statistics of the Fortune 500 indicated that 32 of 500 CEOs are women. That’s more women running companies than ever before, and here’s another interesting fact: 71 percent of them attended business school, (mostly AACSB accredited). They include: Mary Barra of General Motors, Meg Whitman of Hewlett Packard, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo and Phebe Novakovic of General Dynamics. This might suggest that getting a business education, particularly an MBA, can prove advantageous for women hoping to rise to leadership ranks in the world’s best companies. Read More

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