5 (more) TED Talks for working women

Back in February I shared my top five TED Talks to motivate and inspire working women.  My list of favourites has grown – here are some more!

How to Lean In Without Burning Out | Vanessa Loder


Vanessa Loder’s TED Talk How To Lean In Without Burning Out is my current favourite.  I’ve listened to it about 6 times in the last month. Loder argues that not only can we successful, but we can do so with ease.  Loder shares her three steps to help women achieve ‘success with ease’, namely ‘R&R’ (recognise and release), self-compassion and the five-year vision.

Maxed out – Changing the conversation about women and work | Katrina Alcorn

Katrina Alcorn challenges the expectation on working women to do their jobs as if they don’t have families and raise their families as if they don’t have jobs.  She questions the idea of leaning in when we are already ‘maxed out’ and, in a similar way to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s TED Talk Can we ‘have it all’?, calls for policy makers, dads and employers to ‘lean in’ to parenting.

Start With Why | Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek has noticed that great leaders all have something in common – their starting point for their mission is not WHAT they’re doing or HOW they do it, but WHY they do it. Simon’s talk is thought provoking for any leader.

The secret life of a work-life insider | Alyssa Westring

Alyssa Westring has spent many years studying women’s careers and lives. She has discovered that it ‘having it all’ takes more than hard work and making the right choices.  Instead, workplace culture is integral to addressing the gender equality issues in the workplace.

The world needs you to ask outrageously | Linda Swindling

Linda Swindling says the world needs us not just to ask, but to ask outrageously.  ‘You gotta ask to really know and you gotta ask to really grow.’

What TED Talks have I missed? Share them with me in the comments below.


  1. Heather Keet | 1st May 17

    I love TED talks! #GlobalBlogging

  2. Heather Burnett | 1st May 17

    Yes! Thank You! I LOVE Ted Talks!!! #GlobalBlogging

  3. Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom | 1st May 17

    Ooo, I haven’t listened to any of these, but I def. need a working mom pick-me-up about now. I’ve bookmarked this so I can get inspired!


  4. Petite Words | 1st May 17

    These are great, what a thoughtful and inspiring post! Will work through these this week (: #globalblogging

  5. MomOfTwoLittleGirls | 1st May 17

    They all sound really inspirational and motivating.

  6. Tubbs | 1st May 17

    These sound amazing. I’ve never listened to a TED talk about from the ones my boss has shared. I’ll go and have a look at these …

  7. Paula from Her Life Is Love | 2nd May 17

    Thanks for sharing these ! I’ll have to look through them 🙂 #globalblogging

  8. the frenchie mummy | 2nd May 17

    They look so good! I was not aware of them but I reckon I could get some ideas here!!!! I will have a listen, thanks for sharing #globalblogging

  9. Lexie @ mommyhomemanager.com | 2nd May 17

    I have watched the “Start with Why” talk before, and it was really interesting! It more most apparently applies to product, but can really be applied to any leadership…even motherhood. 🙂

    • Lucy | Leaning In | 2nd May 17

      Yes! I totally agree with you. I read his book and it really made me consider my ‘why’, not just in terms of my career and the work I do, but life in general. Such a good point, thank you 🙂

  10. Helen Miller | 2nd May 17

    I love TED talks, I really should listen to them more. Great selection you’ve picked. Especially want to listen to the talk about expectations of working like you have no family and vice versa as this is so true and unreasonable .

    • Lucy | Leaning In | 2nd May 17

      Yes, let me know what you think! I usually put something on to listen to in bed before I go to sleep, so I tend to go through them quite quickly.

  11. Stephanie | 2nd May 17

    I think I need the first one. Burn out is happening frequently over here. #globalblogging

  12. Jeannette | 2nd May 17

    I just love all the TED talks. There has been so many inspiring stories from there. And talks me to make me think. #globalblogging

  13. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... | 2nd May 17

    I have no idea what TED talks are so will get watching and find out! #globalblogging

  14. Mama Grace | 3rd May 17

    I love TED Talks. I haven’t seen a few of these. Thanks! #GlobalBlogging

  15. Michelle Goodwin | 3rd May 17

    Thanks for sharing, these are great and just wanted I needed to hear #globalblogging

  16. stacey oakes | 3rd May 17

    These are so good, TED talks have a great way of making me feel better and lifting my mood. Thanks for sharing #Globalblogging

  17. Jo - Mother of Teenagers | 4th May 17

    Oh I am not familiar with any of these will bookmark for a flick through with a coffee in the morning. Thanks for the recommendations. #GlobalBlogging


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