Women are underrepresented in top positions. How can policy changes help level the playing field?

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The Habits of Highly Successful Women

  • Overcome Adversity
  • Let Nothing Stand in Your Way
    • Oprah Winfrey
      • Chairwoman, CEO, & CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network, worth $2.9 billion
      • Believes that as you push yourself towards greatness, you will inevitably stumble a few times, but remember…
      • “There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
    • J.K. Rowling
      • Author of Harry Potter series, creator of $15 billion brand, worth $1.2 billion*
      • Wrote the first installment of Harry Potter as a single mother on welfare
      • 12 different publishers rejected Harry Potter before it was sold and published for the equivalent of $4K
    • Lucille Ball
      • First woman to run a major television studio, worth $40 million
      • Before her hit show “I Love Lucy,” she was considered a failed, B-List actress
      • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States

“I think we made so much progress for decades, starting in the 1960s and the 1970s on, that when really the progress stopped, it ground to a halt on leadership roles, on the pay gap, on the percentage of women who are running for office, we didn’t exactly notice.”—Sheryl Sandberg

  • Write Down Your Goals to Keep You on Track
    • People are 33% more likely to complete their goals if they
      • Write down their goals
      • Share and send weekly goal updates to a friend
    • Sheryl Sandberg
      • Facebook COO, Lean In Foundation Founder, author, & activist, worth $1.61 billion
      • Writes her schedule and to-do lists by hand
      • Believes this practice is more effective than keeping a digital calendar
    • Dolly Parton
      • Singer, songwriter, & businesswoman, worth $500 million
      • Keeps a positive mindset by writing down her goals, visualizing them coming true, and believing the goals have already been reached
    • Simone Biles
      • 4 time Olympic gold medalist, 10 time world championships gold medalist, worth $2.5 million
      • Starts the New Year by writing down her goals for the next 12 months in a notebook

Call out: “Death from overwork has its own word in Japanese (karoshi), in Chinese (guolaosi), and in Korean (gwarosa). No such word exists in English, but the casualties are all around us.” – Arianna Huffington

  • Take Time to Rest Clear Your Mind
    • 15 minutes of meditation can increase focus
    • 16% increase in scores on the GRE when mindful meditation is practiced
    • Arianna Huffington
      • Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington post, worth $50 million
      • Sleeps 8 hours/night on average and meditates for 30 minutes after waking
    • Ellen Degeneres
      • TV personality, actress, worth $75 Million
      • Credits her ability to still her mind to the practice of transcendental meditation
    • Kerri Walsh Jennings
      • 3 time Olympic Gold medalist and Olympic Bronze Medalist, worth $4 million
      • Does 10-15 minutes of meditation first thing each morning

Call out: “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a b****. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”—Maya Angelou

  • Know It’s a Balancing Act
    • Michelle Obama
      • Former First Lady of the United States, worth $11.8 million
      • Allows motherhood to define her, even though it’s only one of her many accomplishments
    • Indra Nooyi
      • CEO of PepsiCo, worth $144 million
      • Believes that women “can’t have it all” personally and professionally all the time, and they must learn to cope with sacrifice
    • Beyoncé Knowles
      • Singer, songwriter, & actress, worth $290 million
      • Feels motherhood is her greatest achievement in life, and finds career/family balance by bringing her daughter with her on tour

In 2017, only 17% of startups have a female founder
What can we do to help create gender equality in the workplace?

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