Joy Is Not A Bad Word

By Shabnam Mogharabi 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker CEO & Executive Producer SoulPancake I trade in the currency of joy. Which, in 2016, means my stock is low. Talking about joy this year can seem like you’re an out-of-touch, doe-eyed utopian. I mean, this was the year that gave us multiple terror attacks, police shootings, the crisis in Syria, Zika, severe floods, Brexit, and the passing of Prince, David Bowie, and Alan Rickman (I mean, Professor Snape – come on!) A conversation about joy might seem like a waste of time when there are so many important, hard, messy things that
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Understanding the Glass Cliff

By Michelle Ryan 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference Executive Summit Guest Presenter Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology/Dean of Postgraduate Research University of Exeter, UK Professor of Diversity University of Groningen, The Netherlands  The glass cliff refers to the phenomenon whereby women are more likely than men to be appointed to leadership positions that are risky. My colleague Prof Alex Haslam and I coined the phrase in 2003 in response to newspaper article from the front page of the business section of The Times. The article reported statistics that suggested that FTSE 100 companies that had the most women on their
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Deborah Roberts on the W/L Challenge

By Deborah Roberts 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker Inspiration is one of the most powerful words in the English language.  It accounts for motivation, achievement and success.  Many of us can point to moms, dads, media figures and professionals as the catalyst for change in our lives.  In my case, it was indeed my mother, a woman who wouldn’t be cowed by segregation.  But I also benefited from a special and memorable 6th grade English teacher who publicly and often told me that I had the goods to be someone special.  Those are the voices I hear every day as
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