Top 10 TED Talks for Women that Work by Women that Work

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I am not young enough to know everything.”— Oscar Wilde

At 31, I often look back at the last 10 years of my career through the cringe-worthy moments that I can’t take back. They wake me up at night and haunt me in nerve-wreaking moments of growth.

As embarrassing as I have been, I wouldn’t take back these moments. Humility is a catalyst to improve and they were aha moments at least. As I embark on the next 10 years of my career and step into bigger roles, I am even more eager to self-correct and much to my dismay, far less certain I have all of the answers. This drives me to learn often and always ask questions.

Grateful to live in a world of shared knowledge, TED Talks are invaluable 10-20 minute knowledge dumps that help me find my courage. For women looking for invaluable insights by other successful women, here are my top 10:

1. Rosalinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

While our workload shifts to an ever-changing platform, the makings of strong leadership are adapting to the new world of doing business. Torres has studied the top leaders around the world and poses aspiring leaders three questions key to survival.

2. Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

More children survived the past 60 years thanks to the research of a physician who dared to disagree. Heffernan tells the compelling story of Dr. Alice Stewart’s challenging medical career in the mid-1900’s.

3. Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Madonna was onto something ladies! Strike a pose.

4. Robyn Stein DeLuca: The good news about PMS

DeLuca clues us in on how we can harness the power of our hormones to work to our advantage. I promise, you’ll plan your days differently after this one.

5. Sheryl Sandberg: So we leaned in … now what?

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Tip of the hat to any woman who is honest about her own fears, her own insecurities and her challenges along the way.

6. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

As a PR professional, I’ve read several studies on building trust. Vulnerability is a key indicator for earning trust. Brown is an expert in the field of courage and vulnerability and teaches by example.

7. Brené Brown: Listening to shame

After her first talk, “Listening to shame” (listed above), Brown wanted to steal the video before it went live. Called out by a close friend who had the respect to call her the “worst vulnerability role model ever,” she stayed the course and left her comfort zone to allow herself to reach her bigger goals. I’ve met so many women in business who treat vulnerability as weakness, but the most successful leaders are the ones who can be vulnerable. Drop the mic Ms. Brown, we hear you!

8. Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself

Offering something else to the mix, Newton offers a brilliant and astute statement of self. Attempting to fit into our communities confirms our existence, and we can become tied to the desire to define ourselves in the process. We often lose sight of how the projection of self may distance us from one another and bring us down due to insecurity and a need to fit in.

9. Bel Pesce: 5 ways to kill your dreams

Pesce breaks down the most common pitfalls we face in the realization of our dreams. Get ready to hold yourself accountable.

10. Kare Anderson: Be an opportunity maker

Startling, compelling and credible is the recipe for success money cannot buy. PR professionals know this better than anyone else. The ability to connect people in order to make stronger relationships between others and to solve problems more efficiently is what will also make deeper connections. Anderson walks us through how to become better opportunity makers.

11. Tavi Gevinson: A teen just trying to figure it out

This one is just for bonus points because Tavi might be the only young person who knows it all. Let’s be cognizant as women when we buy into the horrible traps in which we tear each other down instead of bring each other up.


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