Be an “asker”, not a “guesser”

Note: This is part 3 of a series from my “What is Empowerment?” presentation at Google’s Women in Tech conference in March 2018. The idea of asking for what you want sounds so simple, but can be so difficult to put into practice. People who have no qualms about making requests seem almost foreign to me, and there‚Äôs a reason for that – there actually is sort of a divide that places people into one of two camps: Askers vs Guessers. I first read about this in an article called This column will change your life – aptly-named because this[…]

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Nix Imposter Syndrome – develop Insider Syndrome instead

Note: This is part 2 of a series from my “What is Empowerment?” presentation at Google’s Women in Tech conference in March 2018. So many people – 70% of people, actually! – have experienced Imposter Syndrome: the feeling that we don’t belong, we’re not good enough, everyone else knows more than we do, and that at any moment, the people around us are going to realize this and laugh us out of the room. This feeling is not only really, really effective at undermining our confidence, it’s also extremely isolating. We don’t want anyone to notice that we’re imposters, so[…]

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Some ideas about empowerment for International Women’s Day

Note: This is part 1 of a series from my “What is Empowerment?” presentation at Google’s Women in Tech conference in March 2018. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at Google in New York for a Women in Tech conference. The audience was mostly Doubleclick/GA partners, with a few Googlers mixed in. Normally my presentations are more on the technical side, but this time I was honored to be invited to speak about empowerment. That invitation – from the amazing Elena Ricart, who organized the conference flawlessly – was, for me, one of those “my whole life has[…]

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