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.

17 Responses

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

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

  3. 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. 🙂

    1. 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 🙂

  4. 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 .

    1. 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.

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

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

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